UPDATE: Remembering Gwinn football coach Dion Brown

GWINN, Mich. (WLUC) - The beloved head varsity football coach of the Gwinn Modeltowners died unexpectedly Wednesday night, says Gwinn Area Community Schools.

Dion Brown, 1982-2020

Forsyth Township police say a colleague found 37-year-old Dion Brown unresponsive at Gwinn High School around 9:00 p.m. Wednesday. Gwinn High School staff, Forsyth police, fire personnel and EMS medics began immediate resuscitation efforts but were unable to revive him.

Police say no foul play is suspected, as an autopsy conducted at UP Health System-Marquette determined that Coach Brown suffered a "natural medical event."

Police say Coach Brown was a dedicated role model and mentor for area youth athletes. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Brown was a defensive standout at Northern Michigan University and became Gwinn's head football coach in 2014.

"He was big in heart, big in spirit and big on the field," a statement from the school district said. "Our condolences to his family and our entire community."

In 2018, TV6 highlighted Coach Brown and his players for making a difference in their community. The team gave up a summer Sunday afternoon to help an elderly neighbor clear and stack wood.

TV6 Sports Director Mike Ludlum remembers Coach Brown as a kind man with a big smile and a bigger heart. He not only taught his players about football, but also about life. He cared about his team, the school and community.

Gwinn schools had grief counselors on hand Thursday for students and staff.

To honor Brown’s legacy, Honor Credit Union has set up an account to receive donations for Brown's family. Contributions can be made at any Honor location or over the phone at 906-475-4149.

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