Community remembers beloved Metro Detroit softball, hockey coach who died of COVID

A ward mourns the loss of 57-year-old longtime high school coach Keith Knight, who after a fight with COVID-19.

There was a great absence in the Henry Ford II Falcons dugout on Tuesday evening.

“He was more than a coach, he’s a friend and it’s hard to lose a friend,” said Ford softball coach Matt Joseph.

Knight supported Joseph on the softball field and like any sport he practiced, he made a difference.

“The most important thing I remember about him is his work ethic. The man worked and worked, ”said Joseph. “The best part is that he did it out of love for the kids and he wanted it to be perfect for them.”

“He worked at midnight and came in in the morning and he raked the field and prepared it for us and I didn’t know that until now,” said Ford softball player Danielle Sugars.

“He was very attached to the team,” said softball player Maria Beninati.

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Knight’s natural coaching ability came from his own athletic ability. He was an American junior hockey team member in 1980 and played in the Calgary Flames system before hanging up his skates to raise a family with his wife, D’Ann.

He trained his own two sons and daughter and devoted himself to his two granddaughters.

He also coached the Romeo High School hockey team and even made friends with his rival coaches, including Bob Hall at Eisenhower High School.

“He was just a great, real guy. High school hockey has lost a very good coach, ”said Hall.

With the condolences of former players, his current players feel his loss too.

“Since it existed, I never thought that I would ever be able to enter the field again. I wanted to do something in his honor so I made the bracelets and put his initials on them. I’ve done that in every training session and game since, ”said Ford softball player Kiana Bieniek.

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