Steven King, sports and family manager for the McGaw YMCA in Evanston, collapsed while working-out at the Y Friday evening and died despite emergency aid by YMCA staff, paramedics and hospital staff.
McGaw Y Communications Director Cherita Ellens says King had a tremendous impact on the youth and families with whom he worked in the Sebring-Lewis Center and all who knew him at the YMCA.
King also was a football coach at Evanston Township High School. He was assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for the Wildkit varsity team.
He played cornerback for the University of Michigan Wolverines where he was a two-year starter and earned a bachelor’s degree. He also held a master’s degree from Wayne State University.
Coach King with a player on the field. (Lynn Trautmann, LTPhoto).
ETHS Athletic Director Chris Livatino said King started coaching at the school in 2005 under head coach Tony Johnson.
Livatino said King “helped transform the football program through his ‘Wolf Pack’ mentality on defense and the passion he brought to the players and choaching staff.”
“More importantly,” Livatino added, “King transformed the lives of hundreds of young men as an incredible role model and mentor to each and every football player he coached.”
“Coach King set high expectations for his student-athletes on the field, in teh classroom and in life,” Livatino said.
Survivors include his wife Philina and daughter Payton.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.