Big Ten: Ed Thomas

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June, 25, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz issued the following statement on the death of prominent Iowa high school coach Ed Thomas, who was shot and killed Wednesday morning at Aplington-Parkersburg High School. 

"This is a tragic loss for everyone that knew Coach Thomas and our entire state. He was a highly respected educator, coach, mentor and a strong leader in the community, as well as the coaching community throughout Iowa. Ed loved his family and his work, and was an outstanding, selfless person who has impacted countless lives in a very positive way. Our entire staff and team extend our deepest sympathies to the Thomas family and the community of Parkersburg."

Ferentz goes into greater depth about his friendship with Thomas in an audio clip released by Iowa's athletic department. Ferentz and Hawkeyes players helped Thomas rebuild in the Parkersburg area after a devastating tornado hit the town in May 2008.  

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