South High football coach dies

Teves: 'Wren lived his dream'

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - 23ABC News has confirmed that John Wren, the longtime football coach at South High School, has died.

According to John Teves, the public information officer for the Kern High School District, South High officials told him Wren dies in his sleep last night.

At this time, there is no information on how or why he died.

Wren volunteered as a walk-on coach for South High's football team from 1994 to 1997. Following that, he became an athletic trainer at South High from 1997 to 2002. 

In 2002, Wren began his career as an English teacher with the KHSD. He taught at South High from 2002 to 2004, then went to Foothill High from 2004 to 2006. 

According to Teves, Wren returned to South High to teach English in 2006.

Teves said reactions of fellow staff reflect one common thought: Wren will be very much missed by many.

The KHSD Director of School Support Services, Stan Greene, told Teves via text, 'He [Wren] was the trainer when I coached there [South High] in 1995. He told me his dream was to go to college and become the head football coach at South High. This is a sad day."

Teves said that in gather Greene's comments 'that, unlike many of us, Mr. Wren lived his dream.'

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