Kansas teacher, coach dies unexpectedly

Published On: Feb 11 2014 04:44:40 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 11 2014 10:12:27 PM CST

A long-time Kansas high school coach has died after being hospitalized over the weekend.

Jeff Giles was a physical education teacher, football and wrestling coach at Minneapolis. He passed away in a Wichita hospital Tuesday.

Larry Combs, USD 239 Superintendent, said Giles death is a "tremendous loss for the students...for all of us." Grief counselors and pastors will be at the school Wednesday, Combs said.

Former students, like Goddard coach Joel Condray, say Giles was an inspiration.

"I was so proud to tell him that I'm a coach, and that I'm a teacher, and that I coach power lifting," Condray said.  "I was always very proud to tell him what I was doing because I knew he was one of the reasons I'm here." 

And Condray says he's not the only one Giles influenced.

"There's literally 30 years worth of students and athletes all over the state of Kansas that could say that he's had an impact on their life," Condray said.

Giles cause of death has not been released to Eyewitness News.

Students wore blue in Giles' honor during Tuesday's basketball game against Ellsworth.

"I know that I wouldn't be able to hold back the tears during the moment of silence," said Condray.  "It makes me proud to be from Minneapolis because of people like him."