CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Metropolitan School district is mourning the loss of a longtime employee and coach.
3News sister station WMBF in South Carolina confirms 49-year-old Marzell Pink died late Wednesday after drowning while on vacation with his family in Myrtle Beach. The school district further confirmed Pink’s death to 3News, calling him “a beloved member of the CMSD school community.”
Pink worked for Cleveland schools for almost 30 years, most recently as dean of engagement and powerlifting coach for Davis Aerospace and Maritime High School. He previously served as the head wrestling coach at East Tech and later as the school’s head football coach from 2005-08, with the latter job landing him a part-time position as defensive line coach at Baldwin Wallace.
At the time of his death, Pink was also an assistant wrestling and strength coach at Beachwood High School. Superintendent Dr. Robert P. Hardis confirmed Pink’s passing in a post shared to the Beachwood athletics Facebook page.
Grief councilors will be made available for both Cleveland and Beachwood students this week. Pink is survived by his wife and two children, and while funeral arrangements have not yet been announced, a GoFundMe has been set up to help his family pay for expenses.