Former University of Utah defensive backs coach and current Park City High School assistant head coach Aaron Alford died Monday morning of an apparent heart attack.
Park City Fire District battalion chief Patrick Harwood said a unit responded to a call this morning at the Park City School District offices.
The emergency call, Harwood said, was for a "gentleman suffering from a loss of consciousness."
"Our crews transported him to the Park City Medical Center," he said.
Alford, 39, was preparing to enter his first year with the Miners and had recently been appointed to the high school's athletic director post. He also had worked on opening the New Beginnings Behavioral Treatment Agency in West Jordan, a center designed to treat at-risk youths between ages 9-17.
Nate Washington, a close friend of Alford's who is the general manager of the Utah Argonauts professional indoor football team, said Alford's death is a tragedy.
"This world has experienced a great loss," he said. "Aaron was a great husband and father, and an incredible friend and Christian man."
Washington added that he admired many of Alford's qualities and characteristics.
"He was the epitome of leadership," he said. "His demeanor, his dedication to his family and friends those that he came in contact with, he impacted. He was very dedicated to the youths that he came in contact with."
Washington hopes the New Beginnings facility honors Alford's memory.
"That facility should open in honor of him," he said. "The county, the city and the local area will benefit greatly from the efforts he put forward."
On a personal level, Washington said he'll deeply miss his loyal friend.
"During the week, we just kind of kept each other going, bounced ideas off each other business or football, or both," he said. "Every Sunday at church we'd just hang out and talk. I can't believe he's gone."
Alford leaves behind a wife and three children. The Park Record will post details about memorial services as soon as they become available.