Beloved Father, Coach Passes Away

Coach Jay Ingram died Friday after being struck by a vehicle Thursday morning.

Updated Saturday at 7 a.m.

Hundreds of community members attended a candlelight vigil for Coach Jay Ingram at the Quest Soccer Field in Kennesaw Friday night.

The 32-year-old Kennesaw soccer coach and physical education teacher at Kennesaw Charter Science and Math Academy was while jogging on North Booth Road in Kennesaw.

Ingram was transported to in critical condition and died of his injuries Friday afternoon.

Ingram's wife, Corinne, announced his death on Facebook to family and friends:

I want to make all of you aware that my husband and father of our two children, Jay Ingram, passed away today at 330 due to complications from a severe traumatic brain injury caused by being hit by a car while jogging on 1/26/12. He has gone to live with his heavenly father and continue Gods work that he started here. I will keep his page open so that you all can comment if you want to. I will also update with arrangements so you all can pay your respects to him.

The driver of the vehicle, 50-year-old William Benton of Doraville, was not injured. The incident is still under investigation, and charges are pending, said spokesman Officer Mike Bowman.

Words of prayer flooded in for Ingram over the past two days. Community members from Kennesaw Charter Science and Math Academy, and Ingram's soccer club were just some of the people who gathered to pray for his recovery—and later—to remember his legacy.

We will post funeral arrangements as they become available.

Cobb Police ask anyone with information about the incident to call 770-499-3987.

Please leave a note in remembrance of this beloved member of our community. You can also share your memories of Coach Jay by clicking the "upload photos & videos" link.

OneOfEach4Me January 27, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Coach Jay we love you!! We are praying for your full recovery! Chance Anderson and family
Amy Raymond January 27, 2012 at 06:42 PM
We are praying for your speedy recovery all the way from Germany Coach!! Kirsten still remembers you as her coach @ KCS! :) Raymond//Tholl Family
Christina January 27, 2012 at 08:01 PM
There is a prayer cadlelight vigil at quest soccer fields on Hawkins store and bells ferry road for all who want to attend. Please bring candles.
Christina January 27, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Vigil is at 6:00 friday night
Valerie Kennedy January 27, 2012 at 10:27 PM
The Kennedy Family from KCSMA has been praying for you and we have our church family praying for you too. We all love you! Savannah , Garrett, Valerie and John
CJ Crenshaw January 27, 2012 at 11:03 PM
We are so sad to hear about the passing of our beloved Coach Jay, our prayers go out to his family and of course the family of KCSMA.
Gregg Walker January 27, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ingram family. Your loss is a devestating loss for all of us in the KCSMA Family. May you find strength in faith and family. The Walker Family of KCSMA Gregg, LaVonne, Chayce and Jadyn
Gaetana Pipia January 27, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Coach Jay passed away at 3:30 p.m. today. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time.
Kim Gollahon January 27, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Our family is absolutely heartbroken to learn of Coach Ingram's passing this afternoon. We will miss you dearly Coach! Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. The Vecchio/Gollahon Family of KCSMA Mickey, Kim, Brooke, Kim and Amanda
Susan Meyer Moore January 28, 2012 at 12:10 AM
We will miss you Coach Jay. You touched so many lives. We will always remember what you taught and how you made us laugh. Your smile was infectious. Our prayers are with Corinne, the children and your family. Rest in peace. The Moore Family of Woodstock Jeff, Susan, Erin, Hannah, and McKenna
Monnie Ingram Allgood January 28, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Our family is just devastated. In reading all the post about this remarkable young man, I get just a peek at how many lives Jay has touched. His last act of pure unselfish love was organ donation. Today, he helped save many lives! Corinne,our hearts bleed for you! Monnie Ingram Allgood
Heidi Fraley January 28, 2012 at 01:05 AM
He was my daughters PE teacher while she attended KCS. He was a great teacher with a fabulous personality. She still talks about things he done in class.
Mary Roy January 28, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Coach Jay was the epitome of a true Christian, coach and teacher. I never saw Coach Jay without a smile and I knew he geniunely had a passion for working with children and loved them all. I pray for the family and I'm asking God to keep them near and close in this time of need. Mrs. Ingram, Jay touched not only the lives of the children but the parents as well. God bless you and your children. Mary Roy
CiCi January 28, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Coach will be missed. He was truly loved and appreciated by the parents and his students. Coach was one of a kind. My daughter MicKayla told me she was glad to be able to give him a hug on Wed the day before his accident. Once I told her he passed she was truly sadden but she said we will see him again in heaven. We will miss his sense of humor and antics that would keep you laughing. My prayers go out to his wife and children may God's love comfort you. The Ndlovu Family-KCSMA
Vinnie January 28, 2012 at 01:37 AM
adain stay strong I miss your dad he was nice to play baseball with no he's passed but keep your head up pray and do good for your your dad in heaven your freind vinnie Montgomery
Sophie Acree January 28, 2012 at 01:41 AM
RIP coach. im sophie and i went to kennasaw charter school in the 2cnd grade. i moved away and im in the fifth grade now. i found out today. u were the most awsomest coach ever and i'll see u again in heaven. ;(
april January 28, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Coach will be missed by our family! He was a light shining out to brighten the world around him every time we saw him at the school or carpool. He touched the heart and life of every child and parent there. Our prayers will continue to go out to Mrs. Ingram, his children and their entire family. We are inspired to put a bit more effort into go out of our way to connect and inspire others because of the e,ample we had in Coach. The Ellis Family April, Sean, Hope and Faith
tearra stevenson January 28, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Our hearts and prayers....to you Corinne, the kids, and all friends and family...Coach was a wonderful person with a great spirit. He will be forever missed....I am glad that Paul had the opportunity to get to know Coach and get to know the wonderful family you guys are. Paul is going to miss Coach :'( he said he is going to be a big best friend to Aiden and his sister.
OneOfEach4Me January 28, 2012 at 02:40 AM
We only knew him a short while, but Chance talked about him all the time. The body song, how strong he was, and how he could balance a hula-hoop on his nose. We will miss you Coach Jay, extremely. Prayers to you and your family at home and at KCSMA.
Megan S January 28, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Absolutely heartbreaking. Our thoughts and prayers will continue for Corinne, the kids, and the rest of the family during this time of loss. Coach was always a bright star for both the adults and kids to look to. The imprint he has left behind is huge and meaningful. We appreciate the time that he spent with all of the kids and know that he made a difference in everyone's life. We will miss his smile and energy. With Love and Prayers, The Swartzlander Family (Megan, Clint, Calie and Cara)
Gaetana Pipia January 28, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Thank you to Catherine for sharing such a touching photo of Coach Jay. Anyone who would like to share their own memories can click the "Upload photos and videos" link below the main picture.
Melissa January 28, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Jay was my soccer coach for 3 years . He is my inspiration he will always be there even though he is not. The rest of my life I will be living up to his standors for me.Jay I know you can't see this but thank you so much you are a great preson. Melissa Hawkalnd
Janee Williams January 28, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Coach you were all ways there when I needed someone. When I felt sad or couldn't talk to anyone you were always there. You made me laugh, and thought me so much. For 5 years I knew you and you changed my life. It is tragedy that this had to happen to you, but I thank you with all of my heart. Mrs. Ingram I say special prays for you, and your family. I wish you all the best of luck. Coach thank you for all that you have done. You will always be in my memories. We love you. Kcsma will not be the same without you. R.I.P. Janee' Williams (former kennesaw student)
Elaine Dempsey January 28, 2012 at 04:19 AM
I went to KCS for second and third grade. Coach always made everything more fun. I will miss him dearly and he will always be in my heart. He was a wonderful man and we will keep him in our hearts. They will never find another coach like him. He was the best coach you could have. I love you coach, love Madison Dempsey
Vicki Wilkinson Batten January 28, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Coach - you will be truly be missed. You were such a ray of sunshine when you would greet us at carpool and send us on our way in the afternoons. I will never forget our special Leprechaun on St. Patrick Day - you were our lucky charm. You brought such positive energy to my children as well as other students and soccer players. Your legacy for your own children is stellar!
valerie destin January 28, 2012 at 03:22 PM
My family is devastated by the passing of Coach Ingram. As an active parent at KCSMA, when my daughters attended the school, I personally witnessed the amazing caliber of a man Jay was. His passion for the wellbeing of the students, staff and parents, in addition to his love of life was contagious. His loving and animated presence will for ever be missed. Thanks you for the great laughs Coach. RIP! The Destins (Valerie, Jean, Annelyssa and Samarah)
Angela Ama Bentil- Buckle January 29, 2012 at 12:02 AM
Coach Ingram, we will miss you. You were the best coach ever! You were so funny, always happy and it was always such a joy and fun to be around you. You taught us all those songs, sports and fun games that you made up yourself. We believe you are happy with the Lord, Coach. We love you BIG TIME! The Buckles( Fianko, Dankwa and Ewuraba)
Ugo Adewumi January 29, 2012 at 03:20 AM
I am still short of words at this great loss, it is unbelievable to say the least!! Coach was so lively, funny and made everyone around him feel loved. KCSMA community will surely miss you. My daughter, Funmi says you are the best! We love you coach, but we know God loves you most. You will be missed dearly by all of us. May your gentle soul rest in the bossom of the Lord. The Adewumis (Ugo, Ade, Funmi and Tobi).
Gaetana Pipia January 29, 2012 at 04:06 AM
There will be two visitations on Monday, Jan. 30. The first will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., and the second will be from 6 to 9 p.m. The viewing will be held at Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home, located at 2950 North Cobb Pkwy in Kennesaw (770-422-7299). The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Living Hope Lutheran Church, located at 3450 Stilesboro Road in Kennesaw (770-425-6726). Due to the expected turn out, the service on Tuesday will be held outside. Community members are asked to keep the dress casual, and to wear yellow in honor of Jay Ingram.
John J,F, Coats January 30, 2012 at 05:28 PM
i m Fraser Coats s grandfather and I live in Scotland --i had the pleasure of meeting coach when accompanying my daughter-in-law to the school a few times --the latest was at christmas --i am equally devastated --i hope you & your children are blessed with God s love at this very sad time


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