Spartanburg High head athletic trainer passes away


SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) — Just days after Spartanburg High School was devastated by the news of a student’s death, the school is reeling from another tragedy. 

Head Athletic Trainer Bryant Rose passed away. He had been on the staff 25 years. 

Bryant Rose

Bryant Rose

The coroner said Rose, 58, died just after 8 a.m. Monday.

Rose had been hospitalized following surgery, Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger said in a news release.

Spartanburg High School Principal Jeff Stevens said in a tweet that Coach Rose leaves behind a wife and two sons who are students at the school.

Coach Rose’s wife, Dr. Meredith Rose, is a principal at Jesse Boyd Elementary School. 

On Friday, 18-year-old Nick Dixon died of complications while undergoing surgery for a torn ACL and meniscus at Spartanburg Medical Center.

Dixon was a senior at Spartanburg High School and a captain of the school’s football team. 

A vigil was held honoring the student-athlete on Sunday night. 

Spartanburg School District released the following:

Students and staff at Spartanburg High School are reeling today following the news this morning of the death of another beloved member of the District 7 community. Longtime Athletic Trainer, Coach Bryant Rose died at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System today, just days after the death of the Viking’s 18-year-old football standout Nicholas Joshua (Nick) Dixon. Coach Rose’s wife, Dr. Meredith Rose, is the Principal of Jesse Boyd Elementary School in District 7 and their two boys, Chase (9th grade) and Bryson (11th grade) are District 7 students.

Speaking on behalf of the District, Superintendent Dr. Russell Booker said his students and staff are overwhelmed by grief as they contend with the sudden passing of yet another member of the Spartanburg High School family. “For 25 years, Coach Bryant Rose has been an inspiring presence in the lives of our student athletes. As Head Athletic Trainer at Spartanburg High, he’s played an integral role in the success of our athletic program and has dedicated his career to the wellbeing of, literally, thousands of our young people.”

Just last night, the District 7 community gathered together at the Spartanburg High School gymnasium to honor the life of Nick Dixon who died during surgery on Friday, January 11. Students and staff attending the vigil talked about the importance of family and friends and the power of prayer. Speaking to local members of the Spartanburg media today, Dr. Booker echoed those words and asked for continued prayer. “During this academic year, we’ve lost five members of our community and all of their deaths were very sudden. District 7 is a strong and resilient community, but we covet the prayers of our neighbors and friends at this time and especially ask that you pray for Coach Rose’s wife, Meredith and her boys, Chase and Bryson.”  Dr. Booker noted that counselors and clergy will be available to students at Spartanburg High School throughout the week and guidance counselors and teachers will be working with the children at Jesse Boyd.  

A native of North Carolina, Coach Rose was a graduate of Appalachian State University where he earned his undergraduate and master’s degree in Exercise Science and Sport Management. Prior to his career with District 7, the 58-year old educator also served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1979-1983. Spartanburg High School Principal Jeff Stevens said, “Coach Rose was such a vital part of our athletic program and VIKING family. He is one of the most knowledgeable and detailed oriented people I knew. Just to think about the number of athletes he has dealt with over the past 25 years is overwhelming. He took extreme pride in his position here and we will miss him tremendously. Our Viking hearts break for his wife and two sons.”

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