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El Camino High Basketball Coach’s Sudden Death Shocks Campus

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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A Sacramento high-school campus is in mourning after the sudden death of a young basketball coach.

El Camino High coach Brandon Dingman was just 36 years old when he collapsed during a basketball game with friends. Heart disease took his life on Sunday. He leaves behind a wife and two kids.

Friends and co-workers can’t hold back the tears when remembering Dingman. He was a teacher, basketball coach, father, and friend who went to the school as a student, and later came back to serve the school that molded him.

“He wanted to make sure that the kids he was going to be in touch with had the same memories and experiences that he did,” said athletic director Cici Robinson.

But even with the death of one of their coaches, the team pressed on during practice on Tuesday.

“We all know  he would want us to play hard and give everything we had,” one of his players said.

The school held a memorial for the coach on Monday night and has provided grief counselors for students who need them.

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