The college football world suffered a heartbreaking loss over the weekend after the passing of Gerald Howse, a 28-year-old assistant coach for Tennessee Tech University.

Howse emerged as a star running back at Siegel High School in Tennessee, then went on to play college football at Northeast Oklahoma A&M and Georgia State. After his playing days came to an end, Howse became the running backs coach at Northwestern State in 2019, per The Tennessean.

He quickly climbed up the coaching ranks, landing a gig at Tennessee State in January. Howse became the team’s running backs coach and served as an assistant special teams coordinator, helping many of the program’s young players in the spring.