Christopher Smith

Iowa State DL Coach Dies

Jan 15, 2014 7:58 PM EST

Iowa State defensive line coach Curtis Bray died Wednesday morning after driving to the team facility for a scheduled meeting, the Associated Press reported.

According to the Des Moines Register, emergency vehicles headed to the Bergstrom Football Complex at 6:27 a.m. and took him to Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, Iowa, at 6:45 a.m. No cause of death has been reported.

"Curtis Bray was a dear friend to me and to all he ever came in contact with,” coach Paul Rhoads said in a statement. “He was a trusted and loyal assistant coach who always put the kids and the team in front of his work.

“He was as genuine in his approach to relationships, coaching, and life as anyone I have ever been associated with. We will miss him dearly.”

Bray worked with Rhoads at Pitt and was a member of his original Iowa State staff in 2009.

The coach leaves behind a wife and two young children, whom one former running back remembers seeing Bray play with after practice. Defensive coordinator Wally Burnham described him as "probably the most positive person" he's ever met. Another former player recalled a man who rarely raised his voice.

It's a tough month for the Cyclones, which also lost Johnny Orr (all-time winningest basketball coach) and Jason Berryman (former defensive end) in the last three weeks, according to the Register. Former Iowa defensive coordinator Norm Parker also died this week.

A star linebacker at Pitt, Bray graduated in 1992 and embarked on what became a 19-year coaching career.