Davis County basketball coach dies during halftime

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 10:07 AM

Bryon Saxton

KAYSVILLE — Fairfield Junior High Assistant Girls Basketball Coach David Milius died Monday after collapsing during a game, shortly before halftime.

Milius was coaching the team during a home game against Sunset Junior High School Monday afternoon when he collapsed, according to Davis School District officials. He reportedly passed away after being taken by ambulance to a local hospital, district officials reported in a press release.

It was reported in a Facebook post made to the page titled “Fairfield Junior High Boy’s Basketball” that the coach had collapsed as a result of a pulmonary embolism.

“(Fairfield Junior High) was winning by 15 points. They saw that he was having trouble. So a timeout was called, the gym was cleared and the game was suspended indefinitely," Davis School District spokesman Chris Williams said.

The girls team is scheduled to play next at Legacy Junior High on Thursday.

The 65-year-old Milius had served as the girls assistant coach for just two games.

In addition to coaching at the junior high school located in Kaysville, Milius also served as a part-time special education teacher assistant at Northridge High in Layton, since September of 2010.

Counselors were called to Fairfield and Sunset junior high schools, as well as to Northridge High School, to assist any student or faculty members in need, Williams said.

Members of the girls teams he was coaching, and those students he interacted with at Northridge High, were shocked by the death, Williams said.

Northridge High School Principal Luke Rasmussen said Milius was “one of those guys,” a very positive individual who was always happy, smiling and willing to say hello, Williams said.

Milius loved basketball and had moved to Utah from California, where he had previously coached organized basketball, Williams said.

According to the same Facebook post, Milius’ granddaughter is a member of the Fairfield Junior High girls basketball team,

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