Joliet Catholic basketball coach dies suddenly at 29

(JOLIET) Jeremy Izzo, a history teacher and the boys varsity basketball coach at Joliet Catholic Academy, died suddenly Friday, school officials said. He was 29.

“Jeremy was a great guy. He was a man of character,” said JCA Principal Jeffrey Budz on Saturday. “He was a great coach and a great teacher. He will be truly missed by our school. This is a shock to the Joliet Catholic Academy community.”

Budz was on his way to a Saturday evening prayer service in which Izzo was to be remembered. The principal said he was unsure of the exact cause of death.

Izzo came to JCA in 2009 with a strong endorsement from Bruce Weber, men’s basketball coach at the University of Illinois. While attending Illinois, Izzo had worked for Weber’s staff as a student manager, graduate assistant and finally as the game analysis coordinator specializing in video.

Before Weber became coach, Izzo had worked as a student manager for Coaches Lon Kruger and Bill Self.