Funeral services announced for Baton Rouge coach who died tragically in Florida

Funeral services announced for Baton Rouge coach who died tragically in Florida
Carlos Rodriguez

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - A Baton Rouge high school released tragic news about its track and field coach.

On June 14, Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School sent its condolences to head track coach Carlos Rodriguez, who drowned while on vacation in Florida. He was 36.

The school published the announcement on its Facebook late Friday.

Rodriguez coached track and field for the boy’s team and was a physical education teacher at the high school. He started working at the school last fall, according to the school.

“Although he was with us less than year, Coach Rod made a huge impact on our community,” the Facebook post read. “He was a terrific educator and had a truly unique energy and passion for his work, for our students, and for our school. He will be sorely missed by all of us.”

The school did not announce funeral arrangements.

The news of Rodriguez’s drowning was reported by the Northwest Florida Daily News in Fort Walton Beach. The publication wrote that the drowning happened just after 2 p.m. Friday in Destin, Florida.

Cristo Rey Community, We are heartbroken to share that this afternoon, Carlos Rodriguez, our PE teacher and track and...

Posted by Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School on Friday, June 14, 2019

Rodriguez’s family is asking for donations to help pay for his funeral which is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Living Faith Christian Center.

Donations can be made in person at the Winnfield Funeral Home, located at 7221 Plank Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70811.

The Winnfield Funeral Home is providing all of the visitation and funeral services for Carlos Rodriguez.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 26, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. through 7:00 p.m. at Winnfield Funeral Home of Baton Rouge.

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