Denton, NC -- He coached at the same school for 30 years which gives you some idea of how many lives Coach Mike Crowell of South Davidson High School touched.
Sunday, teachers and students got word that Coach Crowell, who was on the sideline just Friday night, died.
It seems everyone knew Coach Crowell and the people News 2 spoke with say everyone respected him too.
His family says he collapsed at his home, Sunday afternoon and emergency workers were unable to revive him.
The people we spoke with described him as tough, a great coach, and inspiring.
They say he made people want to not only do better, but be better. That's what made Mike Crowell not only their coach, but their friend.
"He was different, just his attitude, it was just... I don't know something about him. He's just a good guy," said Alicia McClure, a former student of Crowell's.
"He taught me always push myself hard, never give up and no matter what comes in life, you can push through it. You got to be strong. You got to learn to pick yourself up and keep going with it," said Dominic McClure, a student of Crowell's."All I can say is he is still going to be with me in my heart and he's taught me a lot and I thank him so dearly for that."
Alicia and Dominic McClure are mother and son and both were coached by Crowell.
They're two generations of the same family touched by his legacy and there are countless families just like theirs.
Sunday night, dozens and dozens of people stopped by South Davidson High School to pay their respects.
A spokesperson with Davidson County Schools says classes and practices will go on as normal Monday.
WFMY News 2