Former Holmes football coach said news of Brandent Englemon’s sudden death was ‘heartbreaking’

By Terry Boehmker
NKyTribune sports activities reporter

Brandent Englemon was a extremely recruited school soccer prospect going into his senior season at Holmes Excessive College in 2002. Along with being an impressive athlete, he had a 4.9 grade-point common in superior lessons and was chosen for the Kentucky Governor’s Scholar Program.

Englemon’s sudden demise on Thursday on the age of 36, was devastating information to Mike Farley, who was head soccer coach at Holmes throughout Englemon’s spectacular highschool profession.

Brandent Englemon was named prime student-athlete on Michigan’s 2007 soccer crew.

“Robust day immediately,” Farley stated on Twitter. “The lack of Brandent Englemon is heartbreaking and devastating. He was an impressive younger man and influenced so many. I’m hurting. He will probably be missed by so many.”

Englemon continued his soccer and educational profession on the College of Michigan. In three seasons as a defensive again and security for the Wolverines, he made 103 solo and 53 assisted tackles in 35 video games. After his senior season in 2007, he obtained awards for being the very best defensive again and prime student-athlete on the Michigan roster.

When Englemon graduated from school, Farley was head soccer coach at Grand Haven Excessive College in Michigan and tried to persuade his former participant to hitch the teaching employees there.

“I simply assume his household ties had been so tight he needed to remain within the (Northern Kentucky) space, however I’ve been attempting for years to get him to come back and coach with me,” stated Farley, who coached highschool soccer in Georgia earlier than returning to Grand Haven final yr.

Englemon was the beginning quarterback and defensive again for Holmes. He handed for a school-record 4,039 yards and rushed for 1,845 throughout his varsity profession. After his senior season, he obtained the “That’s My Boy” Award for being the highest student-athlete in Northern Kentucky highschool soccer.

Former Holmes coach Mike Farley

Englemon was additionally a beginning guard on the Holmes boys basketball that made it to the semifinals of the 2003 ninth Area Match. He was named to the area all-tournament crew for being a crew chief, identical to he was in soccer.

“He was a terrific position mannequin for his teammates and for youthful children,” Farley stated. “He was the sort of man who would do something for you and went out of his method to assist individuals as a lot as he might.”

Farley remembers when Englemon injured his shoulder in the course of the 2002 season and needed to sit out a couple of video games. The coach stated his son took over the quarterback place and Englemon was “his largest cheerleader.”

“He was simply such a giving individual,” Farley stated. “It’s simply a type of issues the place God acquired a terrific angel on this younger man.”

Farley stated he usually exchanged texts with Englemon and talked to him final summer time. He thought of the younger man a member of his prolonged household.

“He spent quite a few hours at our home (in highschool) and when he was at Michigan I used to take journeys to go see him and ensure he was OK,” Farley stated. “I’m going to overlook him tremendously. I really like him. He’s one among our personal, for positive.”

No explanation for demise has been introduced for Englemon, who lived in Erlanger. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday August 12 on the Walker Funeral House in Cincinnati. Funeral service will instantly comply with the visitation. Internment will probably be at Mary E. Smith Cemetery, 1120 Martin Luther King Blvd., Elsmere.

Featured picture from YouTube, Engelmon as a Wolverine

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