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Seaholm Football Coach Nick Deane Dies of Heart Attack

His players learned Tuesday morning that the recently appointed head coach died Monday night.

Nick Deane, 52, the for , died Monday night of a heart attack.

Deane, a 22-year employee of Ford Motor Co. and a Troy resident, joined the Maples staff in 2008, brought on as an offensive coordinator by then-head coach Chris Fahr.

Deane graduated from Grosse Ile High School before attending Central Michigan University. Before joining the staff at Seaholm, Deane coached at Troy High School for 14 years, working as an offensive line coach and special teams coordinator. Before that, he coached at Grosse Ile and in Naples, FL.

Mentor, father and coach

Deane was "tremendous human being," said Gary Griffith, head football coach for Troy.

"Nick was the kind of guy you couldn't be in a room with and not have a smile on your face," said Griffith, who knew Deane for 25 years.

Griffith said Deane had three priorities in life: his family, his religious beliefs and football. A member of the Woodside Bible Church in Troy, Deane worked at the church as part of its special-needs ministry. He was a deeply religious man, Griffith said, and if Deane wasn't spending time with his family or the football team, he was volunteering at the church.

Deane was also a family man. He and his wife, Timari—high school sweethearts, Griffith said—have four children: Joshua, 29; Jared, 25; Jordan, 16; and Moriah, 10.

Football was a family affair for the Deanes, Griffith said, whether it was attending practices and games as a family, watching game films or hosting impromptu picnics for the coaching staff. Several of his sons played football for Troy, and during the 2010 season Jordan served as an undergraduate coaching assistant at Seaholm.

Above all, Griffith said, Deane was a people person who loved life and working with kids.

"He worked as hard as he possibly could," Griffith said. "(And the kids) picked up on his love for the game and how hard he worked."

Seaholm junior quarterback John Glazier told Patch in February that .

"He’s one of those football coaches who cares for all of his players," Glazier said. "Only a few coaches I’ve been with care about every kid in the program ... He plays like a secondary father figure to a lot of my teammates. Everything we do, he wants you to be successful with great expectations. He sets the bar very high.”

Kristen MacKay's son Austen plays football for Seaholm. She said there are no words to express the sadness felt Tuesday by parents and players alike.

"Nick Deane was an amazing man, and I was so looking forward to his leadership and love being passed on to my son," MacKay said. "I am shocked and deeply saddened at his passing, as is the entire Seaholm Maple nation. Coach Deane had such respect for the game of football and the game of life, and truly understood what it was to be a leader, a mentor, a father and a coach."

According to Griffith, the staff at Troy is in shock and disbelief at the news. "They keep saying, 'He's too young. He's got all these things to look forward to.'"

Seaholm Principal Terry Piper said an announcement was made to the student body at the beginning of first period Tuesday. Counselors will be available for members of the football team, who were told separately.

Patch will report funeral details and more information as it becomes available.

chris fahr May 31, 2011 at 07:20 PM
Nick Deane was the best man I have ever met and I will miss him dearly. Becoming friends with Coach Nick, his son Jordan and the rest of his family was a gift from God and I will always be grateful for the time I had with them. Chris Fahr
Aaron Walsh May 31, 2011 at 09:07 PM
Coach Deane was my coach during my 6 years with the Troy Cowboys youth football organization and my offensive line coach at Troy High School. So much about both football and life have been taught to me by Coach Deane. My wishes are with all of Coach Deane's friends and Family Aaron Walsh
Duane Losey May 31, 2011 at 10:23 PM
Faith, Family, Football... I was blessed to be his friend... You will be missed Nick. My prayers go out to his wife and family, Duane
carole dykowski bennage June 01, 2011 at 02:38 AM
Nick Deane was a wonderful human being who lived life as God meant us too. He loved his family, friends and God above all else, he will truly be missed. We were friends and neighbors and my son Alex is one of his son Jordan's closest friends; when Alex's father passed away several year's ago Nick took a special interest in Alex and always included him in his football activities. I will never forget what he did for my son and will forever be grateful that my son got to spend such quality time with such a giant of a man. I can never repay you Nick Deane for all your kindness......we will never forget you and will love you forever!!!! Carole Dykowski Bennage
rich stickley June 01, 2011 at 03:31 AM
rich stickley i was fortunate to work with nick at ford motor company, he was a great person who always talked about his family, his faith , and football, he was an inspiring person, and my prayers go out to his family, nick will truly be missed, and i am blessed to have known him.
dorene lilley June 01, 2011 at 06:18 AM
Nick remembered my name. Well done, good and faithful servant. Dorene Lilley
Observing OT Resident June 01, 2011 at 11:39 AM
Nick always had a smile waiting for anyone who crossed his path. My last memory of him was lighthearted and fun as we joked about my upcoming driving test with him at Woodside Bible to drive the buses. It was going to be this Sunday. I will miss that last fun experience with him, but I am conforted in the fact that I will see him again in glory in our Father's House. Love, Peace and Comfort to Timari, Joshua, Jared, Jordan and sweet little Moriah. You are surrounding by many, many prayers. Judy Keyes
Isaiah Dillard June 01, 2011 at 01:16 PM
My name is Isaiah Dillard Nick was the greatest man alive I attend church with him and am very good friends with his son jordon nick was a man that always had a smile on his face, he was always about god and his family. He will be dearly missed I can imagine him partying with god up in heaven right now. He will never be forgotten. Rest in peace nick, I love you
George Harabedian June 01, 2011 at 03:56 PM
To my respected and revered football coach, Nick Dean. May you rest in peace. Thank you for all of the unforgettable time we spent together on the field and off the past 16 years. You will be missed my friend, coach and mentor. George Harabedian II
Donn Niffenegger June 02, 2011 at 12:38 AM
Nick was a good man and a good friend. He was an example of someone who didn't just talk about Christ, but he lived his life in a way that showed that his faith in Christ was real. We will miss him. Donn
Rene' Hawarny June 02, 2011 at 03:16 PM
Okay, Nick Deane....you do get the final say, "Go Colts!" Nick & I had this "friendly" banter...he would come into the office and say "Go Colts" and I would shout "Go Hawks." When he left THS, I changed my answer to "Go Saints" for my daughters college. My prayers are with the Deane family and so many that will miss this man who worked tirelessly for The Kingdom.

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