Youth Baseball Coach Passes Suddenly on Field; Memorial Tonight at The Cove
Well-known local youth baseball coach Ian Holding, 34, passed away on White Center’s Denny Field suddenly last Thursday (June 1), surrounded by family, friends and baseball players.
A memorial will be held tonight – Wednesday, June 6 – starting at 5 p.m. at The Cove in Normandy Park.
Holding died on the field after a massive heart attack, surrounded by his two sons (15 and 7-years old), his wife, teammates and other players.
He was at the field cheering on his 15-year old son’s RIPS Brewers team when the tragedy struck.
Off-duty paramedics immediately worked on him, but to no avail – he died instantly.
Here’s a note from a memorial website:
Last night, tragedy struck our Seattle Elite Baseball League family. During a 15U game at Denny Field in Seattle, a member of the RIPS Brewers coaching staff collapsed, suffering a major heart attack. Despite valiant efforts by both qualified CPR attendees as well as EMTs, Coach Ian Holding, just 34 years young, passed away. Both of Ian’s sons (one 15 years old, one 7 years old) were in attendance at the game and had to witness this tragic event, as did both the RIPS Brewers and Field of Champions Bears 15U players and families. Words cannot express what these people had to witness and go through last night.
As a league, we are supporting the Brewers organization any way that we can. All RIPS Brewers 15U games this weekend have been postponed – dates for these games will be worked out when the team feels it is appropriate. Based on a great suggestion from Field of Champions GM Alan Patrick, we are asking that all teams playing this weekend take a moment of silence before a game to remember the life of one of our own. Ian, like many of us, sacrificed much of his own time to give back to the game of baseball. The least we can do as fellow coaches and organizations is to honor his life and his commitment to the players, which is why we are all here.
The league is currently in contact with the Brewers regarding any memorial services, and anything else that can be done to help them past this grave tragedy. If appropriate, this information will be passed along to the league.
Thank you in advance for your understanding, as well as your thoughts and prayers for the Holding family and all the players and families who were witnesses.
With deepest sympathy,
Derek Bingham & Will Snyder
A memorial fund has also been set up, and donations are being taken at any Key Bank branch:
~ Ian Holding Memorial Fund ~
Ian Holding was a man who loved his family more than life itself. He loved them more than baseball. As the sole provider for his wife Lindsay and sons, Jacob and Chance, Ian had fallen on extremely difficult financial times due to the severe decline in the economy. The purpose of this fund is to provide a more stable future for this family as they struggle to move past the loss of Ian. The financial burden is magnified by the special medical needs of their youngest child Chance.
It was Ian’s wish to create a better future for his children. With a strong belief in community, it is our hope that both Jacob and Chance would be able to see their educational dreams fully realized through the generosity of others.
For more information, visit the memorial page here.