‘He would do anything for his kids.’ Community reflects after Menchville coach dies

Sign at Menchville High School in memory of Coach Moore. 12/11/2017

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Menchville High School boys’ basketball coach Ben Moore passed away Saturday, according to multiple reports.

Virginia Preps says Moore collapsed while giving a eulogy at the funeral for former player Jonquay Byrd. He was unable to be revived.

Moore had just coached Friday night in Menchville’s game against rival Kecoughtan High School.

He had recently started his fourth season coaching Menchville, spending the previous 28 season coaching at  Warwick High School.

Greg Henderson, the school’s athletic director and Moore’s friend of more than 30 years, says Moore instilled life lessons into children in this community.

“He would do anything for his kids. To tell you about the kind of guy he is, his former players would always stay in contact with him if they needed anything he would find a way to do anything they needed, said Menchville. “The entire community will miss Ben Moore”

Coach Moore’s players expressed their sadness just days after his passing.

“No one gets into that circle. We are a family,” said team captain Ahmaad Goldson. “He put 100 percent effort into everything he did. We will stay upbeat just like he would be. He would probably tell us right now, keep pushing, keep moving.”

Many of Moore’s colleagues and former players have voiced their condolences on social media.

Newport News Councilman Marcellus L Harris III said Saturday on Twitter: “My mentor, my shoulder to lean on, my guy who always kept it 100 with me no matter what. Going to miss my daily calls/texts that kept me sane!”

West Virginia Wesleyan College head men’s basketball coach Jack Meriwether tweeted: “So sad to hear of the passing of Menchville head coach Ben Moore. Ben was one of the first people to help me in this business and I know I’m one of countless people who can say that. Thoughts and prayers to his family and many many friends.”

Schools including Nansemond River High School, Gloucester High School and Hampton have also expressed condolences on their social media.

Visitation has been scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 14 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Family will be receiving guests from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

A memorial for for Moore will be held the next day at Liberty Baptist Church in Hampton at 11 a.m.