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Wayne Hills Assistant Coach Dies Suddenly Tuesday

Jon Goldstein reportedly died of cardiac arrest after coaching a basketball game.

A screenshot of a picture of Jon Goldstein.
A screenshot of a picture of Jon Goldstein.
Jon Goldstein, a beloved assistant coach at Wayne Hills high school, died suddenly from cardiac arrest.

Goldstein, 41, was a longtime assistant football, softball and basketball coach at Wayne Hills. 

"Wayne Hills lost one of the greatest faculty members in the school today and one of the best coaches around. Goldy will be deeply missed," the Wayne Hills hockey team posted on Twitter Tuesday night. 

Coach Chris Olsen told NorthJersey.com that 'Goldy' as he was called on campus, "was my best friend" and that he was "devastated by this news."

Olsen told the website that Goldstein was on the sidelines helping to coach the Patriots basketball team against Fair Lawn. Olsen said Goldstein wasn't feeling well after the game and was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital "where his condition worsened."

Goldstein's biography on the Wayne Hills football team's website said he was a Wayne native and attended Wayne Valley High School and William Paterson University. He joined the Wayne Hills coaching staff in 1995. He was an administrative assistant in the school's athletic department.

Goldstein helped the football team win eight sectional championships.

The hockey team called for athletes to wear some sort of black apparel to school Wednesday in Goldstein's honor.
go January 29, 2014 at 01:13 AM
Coach Goldy embodied the Title of Coach the same way that everyone in the kitchen and the dining room of a famous Resturant says Chef with the most awe, respect, love and almost envy because of the intense effortlessness that he wears his title, profession and passion. I am just a parent of students in the school, but I know he made kids feel proud of themselves and made sure that they were OK while challenging themselves. a true gentleman. a wonderful human being. the kind of guy who should be a teacher and coach kids. Coach Goldy will be missed yet remain in our hearts. Mrs. Goldstein you and your family are in my prayers. I am sorry for your loss.
VeggieLvr January 29, 2014 at 06:14 AM
Goldy's reach went well beyond the playing fields and courts at Hills. Thank you, Coach, for everything thing you did for our kids. You made a difference. We are grateful.
Terry Millar January 29, 2014 at 07:55 AM
I had the pleasure of knowing Goldy when I was coaching at the PAL and when my daughters played softball and my son played baseball at Wayne Hills. A genuinely wonderful person. He will be sorely missed. Terry
Jack Q January 29, 2014 at 09:03 AM
What a shame. Did he have a family? No mention in the article.
Donna Soojian January 29, 2014 at 11:38 AM
SOOJ........Goldy coached my son for baseball and my daughter for softball. It wasn't until he coached my daughter that I realized what a sweet and caring coach he was. There was always a funny story the girls from the softball team could tell about Goldy. My daughter is away at college now and I had to make the call to her last night.....she cried and couldn't believe it. She loved Goldy. Goldy.....thank you for all you did for my daughter and making a difference in her life.
Chicken Little January 29, 2014 at 11:39 AM
He was a great guy. Battled with weight his entire life. So so so sad.
Kasey McGeein Lai January 29, 2014 at 11:43 AM
Goldy was always the go-to guy in the athletic department at Wayne Hills - he knew it all. What a tragic loss! Sympathy to his family!
Albert January 29, 2014 at 02:50 PM
When a man is a coach, the best way to judge his character is by what his players and former player think about him. Enough said, he was a great coach, mentor and a great man.
Emanon January 29, 2014 at 08:31 PM
Apparently the gentleman was well liked ........may God have mercy on his soul and bless his family!
Darryl Milstein January 30, 2014 at 08:51 AM
Sincere condolences to his Mom, Brother and the entire Goldstein family.
Wayne's World January 30, 2014 at 01:56 PM
He was the same way growing up....good guy to be around + friends with everyone it seemed. Condolences to the Goldstein family.
Scondo January 30, 2014 at 03:38 PM
So young, so sad. Condolences to his family, friends and to the students , he sounds like a well loved man.
Terry Millar January 31, 2014 at 10:14 AM
Glad to see the last comment was deleted. That person obviously did not know Goldy or what he did in counseling the athletes. Wayne lost a truly good person.
Pad January 31, 2014 at 11:39 AM
Finally post that deserve to be deleted are deleted. Good work. May he R.I.P.

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