High School Basketball Coach Mourned

Steve Miller
October 25, 2018 - 6:00 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- North Lawndale College Prep was in shock Thursday following the sudden death of longtime basketball coach Lewis Thorpe.

Nick Irvin knew Thorpe for years; their fathers were friends. He got to know Thorpe well when Irvin became head basketball coach at Morgan Park High School.

The basketball players at North Lawndale are in mourning, he said.

"It’s a legacy over there,” he said. “He was a father figure to them.”

Bill Curry of Breakthrough Youth Network said he met Thorpe when Curry was head basketball coach at Westinghouse High School.

He said Thorpe had been working with the kids at Breakthrough.

"He was firm, but he had earned the right in your life to be firm because he had also sacrificed for you personally, where he had driven you home and dropped you off because your family couldn't come get you on that night," Curry said. "But his firmness was really interesting because it wasn't a traditional coach firmness, where he was loud and in your face. He was calm and sincere and firm -- all at the same time."

Lewis Thorpe was 56.