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D99 Superintendent Remembers Coach Mike Amrhein as 'Wonderful Leader'

District 99 superintendent Mark McDonald releases statement on what it was like to work with North High teacher and baseball coach Mike Amrhein, who passed away on Thursday.

Calling teacher and baseball coach Mike Amrhein a "positive example" and "dedicated employee", superintendent Mark McDonald released a statement Friday about Amrhein's contributions to North.

"Mike was a dedicated employee, and always served as positive example to our students," McDonald wrote. "He was a wonderful leader to other staff members as well, excelling in every position he held at District 99."

According to McDonald, Amrhein served as an active member of North's Parent University planning group and was a "key member of both the literacy liaison and mentor committees."

"It was truly a privilege to have him as part of our team," McDonald said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.”

Amrhein, , was a graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School. He attended the University of Notre Dame on a college scholarship, graduating in 1997. After graduation, he was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the tenth round and played six years in their minor league organization, eventually working his way up to AAA, according to Amrhein's profile on the Booster Club site.

District 99 plan to make counselors available at North High next week to support grieving students, according to a statement released by North principal Scott Kasik. D99 spokesperson Jill Browning said the specific times and dates the counselors will be available will be announced after the district receives word on when funeral services will be held.

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Alex Rateike July 06, 2012 at 09:02 PM
It was an honor playing baseball under him for 2 years of my life. Words can not describe how much of an impact this man had on me and I will never forget that. RIP Coach "A"
Brandon Bazeluk July 06, 2012 at 10:08 PM
He was easily one of the best coaches i have ever had. He is a man that will forever be in my memories for what he has done to impact my life on and off the field.
Bryan Mcsheffery July 07, 2012 at 02:39 AM
He was signal handily the best coach anyone could ever ask for. He really kept the team loose and when he told me that I was one of the most improve players he had ever seen and I should continue to walk on to play college ball and not let anyone told me no. That had a huge impact on me and I will never forget him.
Michael Stetzer July 07, 2012 at 04:56 AM
I had the pleasure for playing for Coach Amrhein during my senior year in 2007. Aside from being one of the most charismatic coaches I have ever had, he seemed to just have this aura about him. He was kind, genuine, and it was evident that he had the best of intentions. I am deeply saddened by this news and my heart goes out to the Amerhein family. I am appreciative for the opportunity for having known him and my deepest sincerity goes out to his family and friends. The world lost a great man. God bless.
Bryan McSheffery July 08, 2012 at 07:12 AM
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