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May 11, 2012 > Loss of a 'good guy'

Loss of a 'good guy'

I am shocked and dismayed by the news surrounding the death of Coach Eric Cruzada [May 7, 2012]. Besides being a very 'good guy', someone that truly cared about his players and enjoyed the camaraderie of competition; Coach Cruzada was an outstanding volleyball coach at American High School. Over that past three years, we have enjoyed some amazing, competitive Boys' Varsity Volleyball matches between James Logan High School and American High School.

Last year we played a marathon match that lasted five very long games at their place and while we were able to squeak out a win, both players and coaches left that night knowing that we had all been a part of a very special event (it happened to be their senior night). Earlier this year, American defeated us in a long four games, again at their place. Tonight [May 8] we were going to play the re-match at our place... this time it was going to be our "senior night". We were all looking forward to playing this match because of the friendly rivalry we have developed between our teams.

It won't be the same without Coach Cruzada there. We are going to miss him and all that he has done for his teams at American. He has been an outstanding competitor, a great motivator, and has helped develop an excellent program with his work at both the middle school and American High School over a several year period (many of his players have played for him at both the middle school level and then at the high school level).

He was an awesome ambassador for volleyball, a great family man, and an outstanding role model. There is no way that American High School is going to be able to replace Coach Eric Cruzada, there are not many men like him and he will be sorely missed by everyone connected with the American High School volleyball family.

Steve Burmaster
Boys' and Girls' Volleyball Coach
James Logan High School

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