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#225068 - 02/12/14 09:36 AM Re: Prayers for Coach Giles [Re: Joe Arnold]
L Grater Offline

Registered: 02/12/02
Posts: 381
Loc: Kansas
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, the Minneapolis Community and the wrestling family. God gained another one of our special "wrestling angel" ...

Leanna Grater & family

#225090 - 02/12/14 11:34 AM Re: Prayers for Coach Giles [Re: L Grater]
smokeycabin Online   content

Registered: 07/07/01
Posts: 5787
Loc: Shawnee Kansas

Former student remembers Kansas coach - video on the news


#225104 - 02/12/14 12:54 PM Re: Prayers for Coach Giles [Re: smokeycabin]
GregMann Offline

Registered: 05/30/03
Posts: 971
Devastating is the only word I can think of. Devastating to the Giles family, the Minneapolis wrestling family, the Minneapolis school community, and the Kansas wrestling family. Sad. So very, very sad.
Greg Mann

#225112 - 02/12/14 01:48 PM Re: Prayers for Coach Giles [Re: GregMann]
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Loc: Shawnee Kansas

Jeffrey M. Giles
(July 28, 1963 - February 11, 2014)
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Jeffrey M. GilesMemorial services will be at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, February 15 at the First Covenant Church, 2625 E. Magnolia, Salina. Burial will be in Bennington Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Friday at the Wilson Family Funeral Home, Minneapolis; the family will not be present. The family kindly suggests no flowers and ask that memorials be given for the Giles girls college education or the First Covenant Church and may be left in care of Wilson Family Funeral Home, 405 Argyle Avenue, Minneapolis, KS 67467.

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#225118 - 02/12/14 04:18 PM Re: Prayers for Coach Giles [Re: GregMann]
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Prayers and strength for the Giles family during this difficult time.

The Lambottes

#225125 - 02/12/14 06:39 PM Re: Prayers for Coach Giles [Re: smokeycabin]
ReDPloyd Offline

Registered: 01/02/08
Posts: 1377
Originally Posted By: smokeycabin

Former student remembers Kansas coach - video on the news


Coach, I read this article earlier today. I never met Coach Giles but from what I have read (on the forum and in this article), he made one heck of a positive impact on a lot of peoples' lives. I am sure that those he impacted will know how to overcome such a terrible loss and make a positive impact on other peoples' lives in the future.
Lee Girard

#225136 - 02/12/14 11:07 PM Re: Prayers for Coach Giles [Re: ReDPloyd]
Coach Malay Offline

Registered: 01/16/13
Posts: 163
Very sad deal. R.I.P Jeff Giles
Michael Malay
Trego Community High School Asst. Coach

#225143 - 02/13/14 08:33 AM Re: Prayers for Coach Giles [Re: GregMann]
2boyzwrstl Offline
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Registered: 12/08/09
Posts: 11
Loc: Kansas
Salina Journal

MINNEAPOLIS -- A gymnasium packed with people stood in silence Tuesday night and paid tribute to a mentor and inspiration to the town and Minneapolis schools.

Jeff Giles, head wrestling and football coach, died earlier that day at a Wichita hospital, and the Minneapolis Lions played their basketball games with him in mind, said Larry Combs, superintendent of schools.

"He's a tremendous coach and friend. Everybody has such deep respect for him and his family," Combs said.

Pastors were at the junior-senior high school Wednesday morning to help students, faculty and staff cope with the loss.

Giles, 50, collapsed Saturday at a wrestling event in Phillipsburg. He was flown to a Wichita hospital, Combs said. Giles died Tuesday.

Combs wouldn't speculate on what caused the coach's death.

"We got the call early (Tuesday) afternoon that Coach Giles had died," Combs said.

Giles spent his entire 26-year career in the Minneapolis school system, including 16 years as a physical education teacher at the Delphos attendance center. That school was closed in 2003.

He was the Lions' head wrestling and football coach and an assistant coach on the track team. He taught physical education and was involved in a youth wrestling program.

"He painted most of the houses in the community during the summer," Combs said.

Giles and his wife, Dina, have three daughters -- Emma, Lucy and Caroline. Lucy, a senior, plays on the basketball team but didn't suit up for the Tuesday night home game against Ellsworth, Combs said.

After meeting with the basketball players, he said, members of both teams decided Coach Giles would want them to play the game. The girls' team won at the buzzer, Combs said.

The moment of silence occurred between the two varsity games, he said.

"All of the kids in this building are connected to (Giles). He touched a tremendous amount of lives," Combs said. "Even though I'm 14 years older, I learned from him and he was a friend. They broke the mold when they made him."

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Covenant Church, 2625 E. Magnolia. A complete obituary is on Page A4 in today's Journal.

The wrestling team opted not to compete in any events this week, Combs said, but will return to action in the regional tournament beginning Feb. 21 in Hoisington.

"They have great assistant wrestling coaches," Combs said. "They are forging ahead."
- See more at: http://www.salina.com/news/remembering-Minneapolis-coach-21214#sthash.PXvhGwuz.dpuf

#225147 - 02/13/14 09:07 AM Re: Prayers for Coach Giles [Re: 2boyzwrstl]
DawgHouse Offline

Registered: 03/05/10
Posts: 87
The Rossville Wrestling Programs would like to send our thoughts and prayers to Coach Giles's family, friends, community and his wrestling program.

Shari Gentry
Rossville Wrestling Club

#225225 - 02/15/14 04:51 AM Re: Prayers for Coach Giles [Re: DawgHouse]
Harry L. LaMar Offline

Registered: 01/13/13
Posts: 78
Loc: Silver Lake Ks
We had a moment of silence for Jeff at the Mid East League tonight right after the Wrestlers for Christ prayer. So very powerful and moving! Wrestling fans are awesome! God Bless you Jeff Giles!!

#225253 - 02/15/14 10:39 PM Re: Prayers for Coach Giles [Re: Harry L. LaMar]
Mitch Beims Offline

Registered: 07/16/01
Posts: 92
Will be praying for Coach Giles' family, students, wrestlers, and all of the former students and teachers he mentored throughout his career. I have great memories of my first years' of coaching at Russell High School battling against Coach Giles and his Minneapolis teams. Jeff was a great person and an even better role model.

#225258 - 02/16/14 06:30 AM Re: Prayers for Coach Giles [Re: Mitch Beims]
Brent Lane Offline

Registered: 07/10/01
Posts: 860
Loc: Ottawa, Kansas
We also had a moment of silence after the Wrestlers for Christ prayer. We couldn't be at the services because we were hosting the Central Kansas League tournament, but our thoughts and prayers with Coach Giles and all.
"If it is to be, it is up to me!"

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