Brian Harlamert, who was the head baseball coach at Coldwater High School since 1998 and also a member of the Dayton Flyers Hall of Fame, died on Wednesday at age 51, the school announced. A cause of death was not still announced.
Brian coached Coldwater to state championships in the years 2014 and 2019 and finished runner-up in 2004 and 2018. The School also reached the state final four under him in 2000, 2008, and 2009.
Friends And Family Reaction After Harlamert’s Death
Coldwater Athletic Director Eric Goodwin wrote on his Twitter, “Coach Brian Harlamert is going to be missed by so many.” “Touched so many people’s lives with his positive words to everyone and hard work ethic. Prayers to his family. We love you, Coach Harley! Going to miss his smile greatly.”
Superintendent Doug Mader said, “We know that Mr. Harlamert’s death may raise different emotions, concerns, and questions for our Coldwater Community, especially our students and school’s staff.” “Coldwater School has a Crisis Team composed of professionals trained to help with the needs of students and school personnel at other difficult times such as this.
Doug Mader also added that “As the school community continues to cope with the great loss, we will work together as Coldwater Family through the healing process. When arrangements are made, we will be holding our prayer vigil tonight, Wednesday, September 21st at 7:30 p.m. in the Catholic Church parking lot and if it is raining, we will hold the vigil inside the church.”
Let’s Know about the Career of Harlamert as a Former Player and Coach
Brian Harlamert played for 2 of Brunswick’s five state championship teams. He was a freshman when Coldwater won the title in the Year 1987 and a senior player in 1990. Talking about his role on the baseball team, he was a pitcher and outfielder.
Brian also played for Dayton from the Year 1991 to 94 and was inserted into UD’s Hall of Fame in the Year 2013. Harlamert hit 15 home runs as a senior player in 1994. That was then the second-best single-season total in school history and now in 2022, he is tied for fourth.
He was the first baseball player to receive a scholarship at UD. He also remains the program’s all-time leader in games played (230) as he ranks second in home runs (38) behind another Coldwater graduate who was Brooks Vogel (45, 1998-2001).
Brian’s Career as a Coach
After being a coach, Harlamert won his first state championship as a coach in 2014. The team reached the final seven times before winning the state title again by beating Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy 4-2 in Columbus.
Brian was inserted into the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in January. After that, he won his 400th game in 2016 and reached the 500 career victory milestone in 2021.
After his 500th victory as a coach, Harlamert thanked his wife Trish and their four children, and the rest of his family on Twitter. Brian also thanked the Coldwater administration, his many current and former players, and the parents and community for helping him along the way.
Harlamert wrote on his Twitter, “I am so blessed and thankful,” and “Words can’t describe how I feel.”
After hitting that milestone of 500th Victories, Harlamert became the second Coldwater coach to reach that milestone.