A community mourns the loss of longtime trainer Keith Knight, 57, who died after a battle with COVID-19.
There was a big absence in the Falcons Henry Ford II canoe on Tuesday evening.
“He’s been more than a coach, he’s a friend and losing a friend is tough,” Ford softball coach Matt Joseph said.
Knight helped Joseph out on the softball field, and like every sport he coaches, he made a difference.
“The great thing I remember him is his work ethic. The man worked and worked, ”Joseph said. “The best part is he did it out of love for the kids and he wanted it to be perfect for them.”
“He was working at midnight and he was coming in the morning and he was raking the field and setting it up for us and I didn’t know that until now,” said Ford softball player Danielle Sugars.
“He was very dedicated to the team,” said softball player Maria Beninati.
Knight’s natural coaching ability came from his own athletic prowess. A member of the United States junior hockey team in 1980, he played in the Calgary Flames system before hanging up his skates to start a family with his wife D’Ann.
He trained his two sons and daughter, and was dedicated to his two granddaughters.
He also coached the Romeo High School hockey team and even befriended his rival coaches, including Bob Hall at Eisenhower High School.
“He was just a great, genuine guy. Hockey in high school has lost a very good coach, ”said Hall.
With the condolences of former players, his current players also feel his loss.
“Since he passed away, I thought I would never be able to walk on the pitch again. I wanted to do something in her honor, so I made the bracelets and put her initials on them. I’ve done this for every practice, every game we’ve had since then, ”said Ford softball player Kiana Bieniek.
Copyright 2021 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit – All rights reserved.