Funeral arrangements set for local football coach

Photo provided by Carroll High School

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  Funeral arrangements have been made for a local assistant football coach who was also a Carroll High School graduate who died in a car crash Sunday.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, there was a three vehicle fatal accident in Jackson County on U.S. 35 where Matthew Garrison, the Carroll High School 2006 graduate, and three other people were pronounced dead at the scene Sunday night.

Troopers say a driver with two other passengers failed to yield and hit a CRV with Garrison as the passenger and then caused a semi hit the CRV.

“He wanted you to give 100 percent. He said if you can give it 100 percent in the weight room. You can give 100 percent in life,” said David Mead, a former player under coach Garrison.

“He cared. He wasn’t just there as a coach. He was someone who cared about how good you were. How good of a person you were,” said Mead.

The viewing will be Friday, December 1 from 5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. and the funeral will be Saturday, December 2 at 10:00 a.m. at Newcomer Funeral Home.

The school says they are mourning the loss of Garrison and had grief counselors available at the school.

Mead says his former coach was serious about making his players better on and off the field.

He says his former coach had a special approach.

“He was a jokester. Even during workouts he wanted you to be funny. He didn’t want to be a coach that was always down your throat. He wanted to have a good time and relax. But also wanted to get the work done,” said Mead.

Carroll High School’s principal and head football coach made these statements about Matt Garrison.

“Matt Garrison was a major part of the Carroll community as a student, volunteer in our youth programs, substitute teacher, and most recently, as part of our football coaching staff. He was a positive influence in the lives of so many of our student-athletes, and he will be missed dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are
with his family during this difficult time,” Carroll High School Principal Matt Sableski said.

“Matt Garrison was beloved by our boys, and he cared so much for every athlete that he coached. To him, coaching was bigger than preparing an athlete for competition, rather he built personal relationships that transcended the playing field and weight room. It was a blessing to have him as a teammate when we played together, a colleague when coached together, and most of all a dear friend,” Head Football Coach Ben Rulli said.

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