Coach on East HS basketball staff dies
The Wichita East High School basketball program lost one of its own unexpectedly Thursday.
Coach Amos Alford died after a medical emergency, the Wichita school district says..
Alford was the junior varsity coach of the Aces' junior varsity boys' basketball team. His son played for the East High freshman team and his daughter played for Derby.
He's remembered dearly by his former players.
"It's a lot of sadness. He touched a lot of people in the basketball community," Khalub Thompson says.
Markell Young says Alford was his favorite coach.
"...He was more relatable to us," Young says. "He knew how each of us played and how each of us could be successful."
Alford was a security officer at the Griffenstein-Wells alternative school in the Wichita school district. The district says Alford suffered a medical emergency at the school Thursday.
The school's principal, Darrin Ross, issued the following statement to parents Thursday evening.