Communities mourn the sudden death of teacher, coach and musician Rob Ambrosino


Even as Rob Ambrosino was dying, he helped others. This is how the family wants to remember Ambrosino, teacher, trainer and musician.

Ambrosino was removed from the resuscitation system on Friday morning at Summit’s Overlook Medical Center. He was hospitalized with a ruptured aneurysm on September 26 and was declared brain dead later that night.

He was 55 years old.

Ambrosino was predeceased by his brother, Greg, and their mother, Carol. He is survived by his father, Jerry; brother, Gary; wife of 21 years, Kristina; and their children, Erika, 20; Laurent, 17 years old; and Robert, 13 years old.

Niece Alexis Ambrosino’s GoFundMe for Family reached their goal of $ 100,000 in less than 48 hours.

Sparta assistant football coach and former Sparta star Rob Ambrosino speaks with players in training in December 2003.

The funeral will be private, with a celebration of life to be scheduled.

Only 2% of registered organ donors die in the right circumstances – on life support in a hospital – to actually donate their organs. “Essentially his whole body” could be donated, according to Alexis Ambrosino.

Rob Ambrosino’s heart went to a 61-year-old man, the lungs to a 53-year-old man, and the kidneys to two.

“You can go to many places in life, but you never forget where your home is,” said Sparta football coach Frank Marchiano, whom Ambrosio hired as defensive coordinator in 2005.

“Rob was definitely a Sparta guy, as a player, coach, teacher, father, youth softball coach. Whatever he did, Sparta was definitely close and dear to his heart.”

Dover, August 13, 2009 - Dover High School football practice at Hamilton Field.  Assistant coach Rob Ambrosino shows blocking drills with team captains Dan Harris, left, and Lenny Quiceno, right, during Thursday's practice.  photo / Elbaliz Mendez 97196

Ambrosino was nicknamed “the mayor”, whether it was that of the high school football team in Dover or his hometown of Sparta. He had played football in Sparta in the early 1980s and was the center of the University of Delaware, before returning home to teach marketing and finance and coach football and softball in his alma mater. A business professor at Dover, Ambrosino was the offensive coordinator of the football team, as well as the head coach of softball for 12 seasons and an assistant coach of men’s basketball.

“He had his nose in everything, and I say it in the best possible way,” said Dover football coach Justin Hartman, who also played for Ambrosino.

“He’s my mentor. He was my coach. He taught me so much about football. He went out of his way to teach so many of our coaches, to make sure I was accountable for him, as an assistant coach, don’t do ‘I don’t have to worry. He wanted me to be in the best place I could be as a coach and make sure I could reach my maximum capabilities. “

Ambrosino also hosted open mics at the Lake Mohawk Country Club. Alexis Ambrosino remembered how he brought her to flag football, but he also gave her a Casio keyboard and an acoustic guitar and then taught her how to play.

She called him “the event organizer,” both for the family and the community.

“He wanted to be a teacher to others in more than just a traditional role,” said Alexis Ambrosino, former field hockey coach Pope John who is now at Colorado Nursing School.

“I know there are hundreds of people who can say the same thing. He wanted to spark inspiration in you, new love, new interest.… His smile really lit up a room. We Ambrosinos have got it. cute smiles, but My uncle took the icing on the cake. He came from an authentic place. He knew how to make any situation fun, even if it wasn’t fun in the textbooks.

Jane Havsy is a multimedia reporter for, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK. For full access to live scores, the latest news and analysis, subscribe today.

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