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North High School Grieving Death of Teacher and Coach Mike Amrhein

Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach Mike Amrhein died Thursday.

teacher and baseball coach Mike Amrhein died Thursday, according to an email sent by Principal Scott Kasik.

Amrhein worked in the Special Services department at North for six years and was an assistant varsity baseball coach, according to a DGN Boosters Club website.

"(He) was loved by all who knew him," Kasik said in his email. "… Please keep Mr. Amrhein’s family in your thoughts and prayers."

Kasik also said counselors will be available at the school next week to support grieving students.

A graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School, Amrhein attended the University of Notre Dame on a college scholarship. After graduating there in 1997, he was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the tenth round and played six years in their minor league organization, eventually working his way up to AAA, according to Amrhein's profile on the Booster Club site.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced by Amrhein's family.

Check back with Downers Grove Patch for updates on this developing story.

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Amy Johnson July 06, 2012 at 07:50 PM
He tought me for three years at North. I will miss him terribly because he was one of the few who kept me on track in school to graduate.
Shane Gustafson July 06, 2012 at 08:27 PM
I was the radio play-by-play broadcaster for DGN for 3 years, and anytime I called a baseball game, he was the best coach to talk to for information. Even if he didn't know an answer to something, he would try and figure it out. He was one of my favorite coaches to talk to. DGN is going to miss him.
Michael Stetzer July 07, 2012 at 05:18 AM
I'm utterly shocked by this news. I had the pleasure of playing for Coach Amrhein during my senior year in 2007. I will forever remember him as being one of the most charismatic coaches I've ever played for. You could sense his genuine nature by simply being in his presence. He was very kind and sincere. The world lost a great man and my condolences go out to the Amrhein family. I truly consider myself a better man for having the opportunity of knowing him. God bless.
Tom Callahan July 11, 2012 at 03:48 AM
I had Coach Amrhein as a coach and mentor during one year of baseball at DGN. His impact on my was much more than many of my coaches. His personality and the way he handled himself had a large impact on me. He was soft spoken, but his voice had heavy impact on those around him because we respected him and he respected us. We called him "Hammertime," because of the way his last name sounded and because he was super tough especially with a bat. He was a big dude, but he had the sensitivity of the kindest person you could imagine. When I think back on my short time with him, I picture him starring at me, which translates into him LISTENING to me/us and where we were coming from not trying to overpower us with his opinion. I also picture him laughing and having a great time amongst us as one of us (players/guys) not as an authority. I greatly miss him and send my thoughts out to his family and anyone else close to him. Rest in Power--Tom Callahan
Skarlet North July 24, 2012 at 10:27 AM
You'll be missed:'( your the best teacher I've ever had....

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