Georgia middle school coach dies after battle with COVID-19, wife hospitalized

WHITFIELD COUNTY, Ga. — A Georgia community is mourning the death of a beloved school coach who died from COVID-19 just days into the new school year.

Sean Hammond died Monday. He was a staff member at Hammond Creek Middle School in Dalton, Georgia.

The school said he joined the school system this year but “it was clear that he was talented and passionate educator and coach.”

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Hamond tested positive three days into pre-planning and new teacher induction. However, school officials said he was never able to start the school year with students in the classroom.

Hammond joined the school’s coaching staff for their football team, the Tigers, this summer. School officials said he left an “indelible mark” on the other coaches and players.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of Coach Hammond’s family and friends as we all grieve the loss of an extraordinary individual,” Dalton Public Schools said in a statement to WSB-TV.

School counselors and social workers at Hammond Creek Middle School were there this morning to provide any assistance needed to students and staff.

The school also confirmed that Hammond’s wife is currently hospitalized with COVID-19.

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Hammond is being remembered by many as tributes are posted on Facebook.

A family friend said their hearts are breaking for the family.

“Please hug your friends, coaches and family close!!!!” the friend wrote.

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Our Hearts are breaking at Hammond Creek Middle School and Catamount Nation. Yesterday Coach Sean Hammond passed away....

Posted by George Woods on Tuesday, August 31, 2021