De’van Bogard, a former Ohio State linebacker has passed away on Tuesday 12 October 2021 following a house fire in Elyria.
Elyria City School District, where Bogard worked as an assistant high school football coach, confirmed his death to WKYC.
Communications Director for the school Amy Higgins wrote,
“Our student-athletes and coaching staff are grieving his loss, the team is very connected. De’van was a valued member of the coaching staff. He held a pivotal role on the team and in the development of the players as students and athletes.”
It was confirmed that fire broke out inside Bogard’s apartment at the Colonnade Elyria. Bogard was apparently trapped and unable to get out and was found dead by the door during the fire that was contained only in his home.
A man in a neighboring apartment was also injured when he broke the glass to get to the hallway’s fire extinguisher. He was treated at the scene and released.
A star-wide receiver and safety as a teenager, Bogard was a member of the Glenville High School’s 2009 Division I state runner-up team as a sophomore before eventually becoming one of the top recruits in the country.
He got to Ohio state through a scholarship due to his amazing skills. He was loved by new head coach Urban Meyer.
After graduating from Ohio State, Bogard joined Elyria in 2019 as linebackers under Culliver. The program had been down for several years but has begun to improve, boasting a solid 4-4 record following last Friday night’s game.