RAMAPO, N.Y. -- The East Ramapo school district and hundreds of students, former students and athletes are mourning the passing on Tuesday of Dave Sachs who spent more than four decades coaching athletics, according to lohud.com.
Sachs, 68, who died after suffering a heart attack, retired from the district in 2013, but had recently returned to serve as the head coach for the Pomona Middle School girls soccer team, said lohud.com.
District athletic director Bill Pilla told the Daily Voice that Sachs was very dedicated to the students and his job.
"Dave Sachs was one of the most respected educators and coaches in Rockland County for the past 4 decades," Pilla said. "He touched generations of students and was still dedicated to the students of East Ramapo, coaching at Pomona MS. Dave will always be remembered as a man who cared for the students and was the consulate professional in the gym and field of play."
Sachs coached three sports during his 44-year-career in the district, with some estimating he coached a team 129 of the 132 seasons that he worked, said lohud.com.
The beloved coach had more than 300 wins as a varsity boys basketball coach, and served as an assistant on the 1982 Spring Valley team that won the district's only state championship, reported lohud.com.
Pilla said that when Sachs took the girls soccer team this summer, he carried a full roster of 32 players so they all could get experience, said lohud.com.
Born in the Bronx on Feb. 24, 1948, Sachs is survived by his wife Karin and three daughters.
The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 at Congregation Shaarey Israel at 18 Montebello Road in Suffern, with Rabbi Weinbach officiating. Interment will follow at Gates of Zion Cemetery, 670 Saddle River Road, Airmont.