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December 12, 2008
Parchment High School
Early Friday morning the Parchment Schools and Community experienced a tragic loss. Kryn Brand, a former student, community member, and varsity women’s basketball coach, passed away due to an apparent heart attack.
Kryn Brand graduated from Parchment High School in 1994. He has been involved with coaching Parchment athletics in some capacity since this time, whether it has been with youth basketball, middle school or high school basketball.
Kryn was chosen to be women’s varsity basketball coach starting the 2006-2007 season and coached boy’s freshman basketball since the 1999-2000 season. Kryn Brand’s dedication to Parchment and to his community cannot be described in any better way than as he said in his letter of application for the varsity position. Kryn stated, “I care more about the people and the athletes around Parchment than anything else in my life, minus God and family”. Anyone who knew Kryn would agree with his words.
Kryn Brand’s service, dedication, and presence around the Parchment Schools and Community will be surely missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
At this time details and funeral arrangements are unknown. More information will be shared as they become available. All basketball events are cancelled for tonight.
Ex-Coach Wolf's Comments:Hey P-town. It is with a very very heavy heart that I bring to you the news that my friend and your coach Kryn Brand passed away on December 11, 2008. As all of you know, neither words nor pictures will ever do justice to the legacy that was Kryn Brand's relationship with his beloved P-town. I first came to know Kryn back in 1997 when I got involved in the Parchment Youth Basketball program. In the ten plus years since I have enjoyed hundreds of hours with Kryn both on and off the bball court laughing, joking, competing, and of course talking sports. I think it goes without saying that his very favorite subject to talk about was coaching. At one point he and I had a friendly competition to see who had the most books on coaching. He won. After his faith and his family coaching was possibly the second most important thing in Kryn's life. I say "second" because when it came to Kryn what really mattered most to him was the youth of Parchment. Kryn dedicated his life to the youth of Parchment and in doing so he was an inspiration to us all. In fact Kryn was one of the people who inspired me to continue developming my PHS web site after Alex graduated from high school. He once told me that he couldn't wait to get home from the game and check out the pictures I had taken that night. In fact when last year's Lady Panthers fell to Paw Paw in the district finals I put together a web page with the somewhat sad "I Will Remember You" song because I knew that group had been one of Kryn's favorites. Well Kryn saw me a couple days later at the boys district game and he walked up and gave me a big ole bear hung and said "Man your web page made me cry.".
Let me leave you with this thought. Anyone see the movie "Wanted" with Angelina Jolie? Very violent movie. Definitely it earned it's R rating. But do you remember the last line of that movie? I loved it! Even though the main character dropped an F-bomb for effect the message ran clear. At the end of the movie he said "What the F**** have you done lately?". That is a heck of a question. A question we should all ask ourselves at the start of every day and at the end. Kryn pretty much lived his life to answer that question. Can't you just see it. Kryn is rollin up to the Pearly Gates and there's the G-man (God) standing there and as Kryn approaches God says, "Kryn, nice to see you. So tell me, what the heck have you done lately.". But before Kryn can even begin to answer, God winks at Kryn and says, "Ah, I was just kiddin'. Get in here big fella.". Yep, that's how I see it goin' down. Kryn, you da man. P-town loves you baby and we are all going to miss you! Peace.
Kryn once told me this was his favorite picture!
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