A 36-year-old Waite Elementary School teacher died Tuesday evening after collapsing during a workout at a West Liberty Street gym.
Dan Sherman was working out at CrossFit in Medina just after 5 p.m. when he collapsed, according to police reports.
Police reported they arrived within three minutes and attempted CPR before using an automated external defibrillator from one of their police cruisers to try to revive him.
According to reports, Sherman’s head struck a barbell as he collapsed. Medina County Coroner Neil Grabenstetter said an autopsy had not yet been completed, so the cause of death was unclear Wednesday.
Sherman was a fifth-grade teacher at Waite and previously worked at A.I. Root Middle School as an English teacher, said Medina Schools spokeswoman Amy Busby.
He had been with the district since 2002.
“None of us can get past it today,” Busby said. “Everyone is just devastated about what’s happened.
“He was very young. None of us can believe it.”
Busby said crisis counselors are on station at Waite and Root schools.
Sherman also was coach for varsity baseball and assistant coach for varsity football at Medina High School. Before that, he coached a variety of middle and high school teams.
A longtime friend of Sherman’s, Nick Kaplack, said he was a mentor to his students and players and would be remembered as a family man.
Sherman and his wife, Alissa, lived in Montville Township with their two elementary school age children, Caleb and Lauren.
“Dan was a great husband and father,” said Kaplack. “He’s a great teacher, and he was a great baseball coach and mentor to a lot of players.”
Kaplack, who coached Medina High School baseball with Sherman, said he’d miss his friend’s sense of humor.
“He was always the life of the party, and he was just an all-around good guy,” Kaplack said. “He was a really dedicated person to doing good things for people.”
Family friends have started a memorial fund in Sherman’s name: www.gofundme.com/9vu3i8. As of Wednesday evening, the fund had raised more than $29,600 for the family from more than 300 donors.
Sherman was a 2001 graduate of Ohio University and went on to get a master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University in 2007. He was honored as a Master Teacher in May 2012.