Memorial service to be held for Richmond High School teacher

UPDATED @ 5:20 p.m.:

A memorial service is being held for Richmond High School teacher and coach Casey Pohlenz - who passed away Friday evening, according to the Richmond High School Facebook page.

The service will be held on Monday at 4:00 p.m. in the Tiernan Center.

The family asks that all memorial contributions be made to RHS girls basketball.

The school will also be open Monday “for anyone that needs to talk or wants to share memories.”


Richmond High School experienced another devastating blow Friday with the unexpected death of a teacher and coach.

Casey Pohlenz, social studies teacher and girl’s basketball coach, was found dead at his home around 5 p.m. The cause of death is still unknown, but an autopsy is expected to be conducted at the Montgomery County Coroner's Office in Dayton over the weekend.

Along with teaching and coaching for the past 10 years, Pohlenz was also enrolled in Earlham College's Masters of Arts Teaching Program.

Richmond athletic director Larry Cochren said in a statement he was devastated by the news.

"We as a school community are devastated and I personally am devastated,” he said. “He had a great impact on all of our students and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and our community."

Richmond Community Schools Superintendent Todd Terrill also sent condolences in a statement.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time,” he said. “We also offer condolences to all the Richmond High School students, girl’s basketball players, teachers and support staff. If you have any concerns about your child's reaction to this loss, please contact RHS and we'll connect your child to additional support services. Let's pull together as a community to help each other through this very difficult period."

Richmond also suffered the loss of two students earlier this week. Freshman Diante Taylor, 15, drowned while swimming at a Preble County lake on Memorial Day and senior Antwone Tremell Montre was shot and killed during an altercation early Tuesday.

Funeral arrangements for the losses have yet to be announced.

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