The Seckman High School community is mourning the loss of Cody Greene, a former Jaguar wrestling standout and head wrestling coach at the school.
He died Sunday (Sept. 5) in the Houston area, said his mother, Karen Martin of St. Charles.
She said Greene died between about 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., when he was getting out of his vehicle after an accident and was hit by another vehicle.
Martin said Greene was living in the Katy, Texas, area, which is near Houston. She said her son was 39 and had been coaching with the Katy Area Wrestling Club for about two years.
“He was a special person who gave all he had to the sport of wrestling and to his family, friends and colleagues,” Martin said. “Succeeding in most of what he did, he was a kind and compassionate person who loved the underdog and would do everything in his power to help them achieve their goals.
“He told me once that being a coach was like wrestling each and every match himself 14 times. He loved being a coach. He was a great son, brother, dad and friend to many. He will be sorely missed by all.”
Greene was the Class 3A 135-pound Missouri wrestling champion in 2000, when he was a senior at Seckman High. He went on to wrestle at the University of Missouri in Columbia from 2000 to 2004, Martin said.
Greene coached at Seckman High from 2006 through 2015, capturing three state trophies. The team consistently had top-10 performances and won multiple Suburban Conference championships, said Ryan Moyer, Seckman High’s current wrestling coach.
“The list goes on and on with the things he did,” Moyer said. “I wouldn’t characterize him by what he accomplished trophy-wise. It is more about the people he touched over the years. You can tell by the people who keep reaching out and talking about what kind of mentor he was, the impact he made on their lives and how much he meant to them.
“That is the type of person he was. If you were ever in the room with him, he lit up the room. He always had a smile on his face. He always wanted to have a good time. That was who he was.”
Moyer said Greene was always willing to help him and the Seckman High program.
“I knew Cody really well,” Moyer said. “When I started my coaching career, I coached for Cody’s stepfather, Craig Martin. When I was coaching for Craig, you were learning from both of them.
“If I needed help with anything, I could call him (Greene). He would watch video and help us. He was always there to help anyone in need.”
University of Missouri head wrestling coach Brian Smith paid tribute to Greene on Twitter, saying “Days like today are very difficult and test your faith. We lost a special young man who impacted many in his life especially in his time at @MizzouWrestling and when he was coaching and teaching at Seckman HS. I will miss you Cody Greene. RIP #Tigerstyle forever.”
On Monday (Sept. 6), a coach with the Katy Area Wrestling Club shared a similar sentiment on the group’s Facebook page.
“It is with a sad heart that we share Advanced Coach Cody Greene passed away last night,” the message said. “You taught us so much wrestling in such a short time. You will be missed but we will continue to wrestle for you!”
Greene attended Fox High in Arnold as a freshman before transferring to Seckman High in Imperial when it opened in 1997.