Chaffey football assistant passes away

The Chaffey College community has been rocked by the sudden passing of well-respected assistant football coach Stevon Thomas who was just 23.

Thomas, a product of Norco High School who also played at Chaffey and Northern Arizona, University was found dead some time between Sunday night and Monday morning. A cause of death is is not yet known.

Thomas was in his first year coaching the Chaffey linebackers. He was working toward a master’s degree and wanted to make teaching and coaching his profession, according to Chaffey head coach Carl Beach.

Work trickled through the Chaffey campus Monday. Beach said he had planned on telling his team before Monday’s practice but most of the players and members of the staff had already heard.

Beach said the school would remember Thomas at Saturday’s 1 p.m. against Long Beach City but formal plans had not yet been set.