Florida High School AD Dies of COVID-19

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An athletic director in Florida died this week due to complications related to a COVID-19 infection.

Jason Stein, 46, coached the Taravella High School baseball team from 2004-2011.

“There are a lot of people in the Taravella community right [now] that are just devastated by the news,” Shawn Cerra, the Broward County Athletic Association director of Athletics and Student Activities, told the Sun Sentinel. “He was just a very special individual who, really, the kids connected with, and they knew he was a go-to person for them. They could trust him. I miss him so much.”

Stein had been in the hospital since late July.

“One of the things that stood out to me was how passionate he was about the sport and his family,” said Cerra, who was principal at Taravella from 2002-2016. “Just knew there was something special about him.

“He was probably one of the most loyal people that I met,” Cerra said. “He truly cared about my family and my wife, my kids. I always told the faculty and staff that if there was one person I had to go into battle with, it was him because I knew that not only would he be fighting for the right cause, but he wouldn’t leave me behind if I got hurt, and he knew that I wouldn’t leave him behind if he got hurt. We just had that kind of bond. He was just a pretty special guy.”

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