"He was such a positive young man and his enthusiasm for the love of the sport is one of the things that make him so unique," said Lincoln High Assistant Basketball coach Richard Jackson, who worked with Anthony Blum during his three year stay as an assistant at Lincoln High. "His interaction with the kids was so positive and unique and I'm sure that our kids, even today are going to be grasping with this."
They were almost home. The accident on a dangerous stretch of highway 2 took the life 24 year old Anthony Blum. He attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney and was serving his first season as head boys basketball coach. A position Jackson was thrilled to see Blum earn. "As a staff we were so thrilled to see him land that head coaching job because that's what he wanted to do, that was his life," said Jackson.
Lincoln High's head coach Dan Noble was saddened to hear of the tragic news of an up and coming talented and dedicated coach. "He cared greatly for the teaching and coaching professions and it's just a huge loss. Our hearts and sympathies go out to him, his family."
Jackson says Blum's talent and desire to be a role model for teens will live on through his memory.