The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School District announced the death of high school teacher and swimming coach Matt Turner on its website Saturday.
“It is with profound sadness and grief that we inform our community of the sudden passing of long-time BH-BL High School social studies teacher and varsity swim coach Matt Turner. Our thoughts and sincerest sympathies are with his family during this difficult time,” the statement on the website read.
The Burnt Hills boys’ swimming team was scheduled to compete at the Suburban Council championship meet Saturday at Shenendehowa. That event has been postponed until next weekend.
“Out of respect for Coach Turner and his athletes, the Suburban Council postponed today’s Suburban Council Championship Swim Meet. Additionally, there will be counseling services available for both students and staff all day on Monday, March 1, 2021 in the wellness center and library media center. Students should not hesitate to reach out to Mr. Brunson to make appropriate arrangements,” the statement on the website read.
The statement further read: “Matt played such an important role in many students’ academic and athletic lives having taught at BH-BL High School for 20 years and coaching varsity swimming for nearly as many years. His dedication to his students and his passion for them to succeed in the classroom and in the pool were just two of the many endearing qualities Matt possessed.”
Turner coached the Burnt Hills boys’ swimming and diving team as well as the combined Burnt Hills/Scotia girls’ swimming and diving team.
“Matt was a passionate teacher and coach. He poured his heart and soul into his students, in the classroom and in the pool,” High School Principal Tim Brunson said. “I was fortunate to start my career at BH-BL in the Social Studies Department with Mr. Turner in 2000, and have fond memories of working together with him. He will be missed–as a teacher, as a coach, as a colleague, and as a friend.”
Saratoga County Department of Health informed the district that it has been established Mr. Turner was negative for COVID-19 through Ellis Hospital’s testing, the website statement read.
This report will be updated.