Father Ryan High School joins family and friends in celebrating the life of faculty member, coach, and alumnus Joe Coode '79, father of Olivia Coode '18 and Austin Coode '22; son of Jack Coode '42 (deceased); and brother of alumni John Coode '64, Pat Coode '67, and Phil Coode '82 (Kristin '84).
Father Ryan President Jim McIntyre saluted Joe for his devotion, his spirit, and his love of Father Ryan. "Ever since he became part of the Father Ryan faculty more than 30 years ago, Joe has been a tireless advocate for our students, a dedicated teacher, and a familiar and supportive presence for our athletes. His energy, quiet strength, and good humor made him a welcome face for all in the Irish community, and we will miss him greatly. We join in prayers for Christene, Olivia, and Austin as we remember Joe's loving and warm presence on this campus and throughout our community."
After receiving his degree in Physical Education from MTSU in 1985, Joe joined the faculty of Father Ryan in 1986 as a Wellness instructor. In addition to this role, he coached the JV Baseball team, was an assistant coach for the Football team, the Basketball team, and the Softball team, served as an athletic trainer for many years, and took pride in caring for all of the Irish athletic equipment. His commitment to younger students was always evident in his work with the Father Ryan Summer Camp program. He led many camps himself and created new camps for the youngest participants to discover athletic interests and explore fun activities.
Principal Paul Davis '81 remembered Joe as a special colleague. "I am thankful for the opportunity to have worked and coached with Joe. His commitment to this community over his 36-year career made us better as teachers and better as a school. I believe firmly that Joe will join our community of saints in watching over Father Ryan High School. May we all be open to his presence and be inspired by his love for all of us and our students."
Please keep Joe's family in your prayers, and may his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, January 28, at 10:00am at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, with overflow seating and video in the Fleming Center. Visitation with the family will be Thursday, January 27, 4:00-8:00pm at the Cathedral of the Incarnation Fleming Center on West End Avenue, with a Rosary at 8:00pm.
Click here to view Joe's Obituary.