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Kent State Strength Coach Likely Uncertified When Player Died Of Hyperthermia

Kent State continues to delve into the tragic passing of freshman offensive lineman Tyler Heintz. At the time of his passing, strength coach Ross Bowsher was overseeing the drills that the group was running.

Heintz, 19, passed away as a result of hyperthermia on June 13.

According to a report on CBS Sports, two of the largest largest strength and conditioning organizations have been unable to find certification for Bowsher. While four the subordinate coaches who were on hand for the workouts at the time of Heintz’s were certified, it doesn’t take away from the liability thunderstorm that could be headed Kent State’s way.

Even if Bowsher’s certification had expired, strength coaches are not considered certified if a membership lapses.

So far, Kent State has released the following statement regarding the matter:

A Kent State spokesman released the following statement regarding the issue:

We continue to mourn the loss of Tyler Heintz, and the Kent State family is focused on joining with the Heintz family in honoring the memory of Tyler in our thoughts and actions.

Kent State University continues to assess and review all policies and practices relative to the circumstances surrounding Tyler’s death. It is premature to report the totality of our findings, but we remain steadfast in the due diligence of our review and our commitment to the safety and well-being of all student-athletes at Kent State University.

Two independent strength and conditioning experts analyzed the workout regimen that the players were following that day and deemed that there was nothing overly strenuous or unusual in the plan. It remains unclear what will come of  the tragedy for Bowsher, or the university. But for Heitz, he becomes the 27th non-traumatic death for a football players since 2000.

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