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Coach and AD Who Suffered Sideline Stroke Has Died

Paul Steinbach

Respect for Phillip Bowsman was evident when West Washington High School in Campbellsburg, Ind., cancelled classes Monday and Tuesday after its athletic director and head football coach suffered a stroke on the sidelines during Friday's state semifinal game against Indianapolis Lutheran. Since that decision was made, Bowsman died.

As reported by the Louisville Courier Journal, Bowman was an employee of West Washington School Corp. for 19 years. He was the head football coach of West Washington High for 16 seasons and athletic director for the past seven years.

Bowsman suffered a stroke due to a blood clot during Friday's game, West Washington superintendent Keith Nance said. The coach had undergone brain surgery to relieve pressure from swelling over the weekend. He was taken off a ventilator Monday morning and died at 1:19 p.m.

After he passed, the district wrote on Facebook that, "In true Coach Bowsman fashion, he made his final act of giving by being an organ donor."

The school made counseling resources available by phone, and an honor walk has been scheduled for Wednesday.

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