Beech Grove athletic director, coach dies from brain cancer

Beech Grove’s beloved athletic director and basketball coach has passed away after his years-long battle with brain cancer.

Matt English had been a part of the school district since 2008 when he started as a high school teacher. He was named athletic director in 2012 – around the time he was first diagnosed with cancer. The school board voted in September to name the high school’s basketball court in his honor, and the ceremony was held just last month.

“Matt’s ‘We Before Me’ mantra resonated in everything he did – as a coach, teacher, mentor, husband, father, son, colleague, and friend,” the district said in their announcement of his passing. “He bravely stood tall throughout his illness and showed up for his ‘boys’ and other Beech Grove High School students and staff by always offering kind and encouraging words. Matt’s life demonstrated his commitment, love, dedication, and strength to everyone in which he came in contact.”

In 2017, English spoke as part of Suits and Sneakers Day as cancer survivors lobbied the Statehouse. It was on that March day he announced he’d been diagnosed with three more brain tumors and had begun another round of chemotherapy.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced. Grief support and counseling will be available at the high school Monday for students and staff.


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