Community mourns sudden death of 36-year-old teacher

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MEDINA, Ohio – Co-workers, friends and family of Medina teacher and Coach Dan Sherman are mourning his sudden death.

Sherman, 36, died on Tuesday after exercising at a local fitness center.

Carlin Vandendriessche, a friend and owner of Root 18 Crossfit, said Sherman’s death was devastating to the many people in the community whose lives he had touched.

“He’s a sweet guy and he touched so many lives. I mean he’s a teacher in the Medina City school system and he’s taught so many kids whose parents come here and work out. I mean everybody knows him; everybody loves him, a great guy. I mean every time you saw him you just got happy. He would mess around when he was working out; he was fun to be with,” said Vandendriessche.

Sherman was a language arts teacher at A.I. Root Middle School from 2002-2009.

He taught fifth grade at Ralph E. Waite Elemntary school from 2009-2014 according to a release from the school district.

From 2003-2005 he was the 7th grade Root Middle School assistant football coach and 8th grade Root head football coach from 2008-2009.

He also served as an assistant football coach at Medina High School from 2005-2008 and was an assistant varsity football coach since 2012.

Sherman’s other passion was baseball. He had served as the freshman baseball coach and was the assistant varsity baseball coach from 2005-2010.

Just this past year he was the varsity baseball coach in Medina.

Sherman was a graduate of Ohio University in November 2001. He received a Master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University in 2007 and was recognized for earning the status of Master Teacher in May 2012.

Distict administrators were visiting schools on Wednesday where faculty and staff who worked with Sherman were stunned by the news of his death.

Sherman was also a husband and a father.

A fundraiser has been established by Vandendriessche to help his family.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.

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