By Marisela Burgos
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 24, 2014)-- Scecina Memorial High School added more grief counselors today to help students the day after a teacher died in a crash.
Brian Hawkins, 44, died Tuesday afternoon near the 900 block of South Emerson Avenue. It is believed his car caught on fire after it slammed into a bridge support head on.
“Brian meant a lot. He was very dedicated to Scecina, to the mission, (and) to our community,” President Joe Therber said.
The crash is being investigated.
“(There’s) been just a lot of just chatter on the east side. Everybody (is) kind of getting details about what’s going on and (it’s) just kind of very shocking,” Bob Gavaghan said.
Gavaghan knew Hawkins in grade school. He got to know Hawkins better, once his daughter played volleyball for him. Gavaghan’s daughter played volleyball for 4 years. She graduated from Scecina Memorial High School last year.
Not only did Hawkins coach volleyball, he taught P.E. and health at the school. Hawkins taught at the high school 19 years.
“He was very well liked. (He was a) great coach. (He) loved what he did. All the kids seemed to have a great relationship with him –whether (with) students or (in) athletics,” Gavaghan said.
On Wednesday, the entire high school participated in a prayer service in memory of Hawkins. Hawkins’ family attended. Hawkins was not married nor did he have any children.
The volleyball team only has a month left in the season. President Therber said they are trying to decide their next move. An interim sub will take over Mr. Hawkins’ classes.
President Therber said people should remember Hawkins for, “(spending) his adult life being committed to and acting out a commitment to youth and sports in a Catholic school setting.”