Earlier this morning, students learned that popular science teacher and head lacrosse coach Jake Herman died.
No details regarding his passing are available at this time.
The crisis team from Mountain Vista and the district will be accessible in the library to support students and staff. Anyone needing support is encouraged to visit the library, not to mourn on their own in the bathrooms or in their cars.
Herman, who had a doctorate in microbiology and played lacrosse at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, was a teacher at Mountain Vista for three years. He taught both biology and chemistry in the community.
Since moving from Regis Jesuit after six years of being an assistant coach, Herman took the lacrosse team further than they had ever been in Mountain Vista history. Overall, the team had a 30-5-0 under his leadership. The Golden Eagles made it to the state semi-finals during the 2015 season.
Herman had a wife and two young children. Aside from his impact at Vista, he also coached a little league lacrosse team.
Details regarding memorials or services are pending.
The following statement was released by teachers at Vista to students.
It’s really been a hard few weeks for us all at MVHS. I am so sad to have to share with you some more bad news. As you may or may not have heard Mr. Jake Herman has died. As most do know, Mr. Herman/Coach Herman was a science teacher here at Vista and also the head Lacrosse Coach. I don’t have details as to the cause of his death. We need to respect the privacy of his family at this incredibly difficult time.
More than ever today we need to pull together as a school and as an extended family to take care of yourselves and each other. That’s what Mr. Herman would’ve wanted us to do.
Take some time to reflect on this news. If you feel you are unable to stay in class, please let me know. A peer will walk with you down to the library where there are people here to support you. We want to help you grieve in a healthy way, in spaces where we have spots for you, not isolated in bathrooms or hallways.
This story was updated Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 8:40 a.m.