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He Suddenly Collapsed and Died on the Field in Front of…

We’ve lost another individual, and at such a young age. On the evening of Friday, September 22, well-loved football coach and teacher Marco Contreras collapsed on the football field shortly before a scheduled game. He was rushed to the hospital, where he sadly passed away.

His death has had a huge impact on the local community, both as a beloved teacher and coach.

Marco Contreras, 48, had been a teacher and coach in the Kingsville Independent School District for the past four years. He coached junior high school football, soccer, cross-country track and basketball while teaching at Community School, an alternative school according to the Corpus Christ Caller-Times.

On Fridays he would video record the high school games from the end zone which is where he was when tragedy struck.

Contrera collapsed on the field prior to kick off between Kingsville’s H.M King High School and Tuloso-Midway High School. Kris O’Neal head coach of Tulso Midway said himself and others tried to save him by using an automated external defibrillator but it was too late.

Contrera had already passed away after being taken to hospital with Ismael Villarreal from Tuloso Midway saying: “He was still sitting in a chair…we went ahead and attached AED pads right away” alongside PD officers as well as an off duty fireman providing assistance until emergency services arrived.

Ruben Garcia from H M King said that “Coach Contreras will be sincerely missed” by all who knew him adding “just keep his family and their children…in your prayers”.

The game scheduled for Friday night between Kingsville’s H M King High School and Tuloso Midway High School was postponed until Saturday with both teams playing for their lost coach – ultimately losing 14-12 but giving everything they possibly could in honor of their fallen mentor.

Marco Conteras was incredibly well liked within his local community with Ruben Garcia saying he was someone who “brightened your day”. May he rest in peace.

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