IRVINE — Estill County is mourning the death of a local high school baseball coach after he was killed in a freak accident Sunday.
According to the Estill County Superintendent Jeff Saylor, Blake Crowe will be greatly missed by everyone in the community.
“He was a role model for the young men he coached every day, a fantastic teacher and a mentor to many Estill County Students during his time with us,” the Estill County Board of Education said in a social media post.
Crowe, a high school baseball coach and algebra teacher in Estill County, was electrocuted Sunday night after a flag pole in his yard fell, hit an electrical wire, and then hit the ground. Crowe arrived home and stepped out of his car onto the wet ground, which caused him to be electrocuted, according to Estill County Coroner Jimmie Wise.
Further details of Crowe’s death were still under further investigation Monday morning.
Crowe was taken to Marcum & Wallace Hospital in Irvine, where he was pronounced dead around 9 p.m. on Sunday.
The school district had counselors at both schools Monday.
According to Richmond Register news partners WKYT, Crowe’s father was the long-time baseball coach at Estill County High School. Crowe was an assistant coach when his father retired.
This was Crowe’s his first season as head coach of the Engineers.
Estill County’s baseball team took to social media to talk about Crowe’s death.
In the post, they call him a devoted family man who loved his community and his team.
“He reminded his team to be humble and love one another,” the post said.
They asked everyone to remember Crowe’s wife, his two young boys, his family, and the community during this time.
The KHSAA also released a statement on Facebook. In it, they said there are no words to describe their condolences to Crowe’s family and friends.
They offered their thoughts to the Estill County Community, Coach Crowe’s colleagues, and the student-athletes who played for him.
The coroner’s office says Toler Funeral Home in Irvine is handling Crowe’s funeral arrangements.