Questions raised about Kent State coaching staff after football player's death

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Questions are being raised after an investigation shows that a coaching staff member on the Kent State University football team may not have the necessary certification for his position. This comes after the death of freshman football player and student Tyler Heintz.

Heintz, 19, died when he collapsed after a college football workout on June 13. A preliminary cause of death from the Portage County coroner shows that Heintz died of hyperthermia, or an abnormally high body temperature.

A CBS Sports investigation shows that Ross Bowsher, who was in charge of the conditioning drills the day of Heintz's death, has not been able to produce the required NCAA certification required for strength and conditioning coaches. Bowsher is beginning his second year in the Kent State football program.

According to NCAA rules, all strength coaches "must maintain current certification through a nationally accredited strength and conditioning certification program."

Kent State University officials recently released a statement regarding the incident:

We continue to mourn the loss of Tyler Heintz, and the Kent State family is focused on joining with the Heintz family in honoring the memory of Tyler in our thoughts and actions. Kent State University continues to assess and review all policies and practices relative to the circumstances surrounding Tyler's death. It is premature to report the totality of our findings, but we remain steadfast in the due diligence of our review and our commitment to the safety and well-being of all student-athletes at Kent State University."

Bowsher is the only strength, conditioning, and training coach without certification, according to CBS Sports.

Research published in the Journal of Athletic Training, Heintz was the 35th college football player to die since 2000. Overexertion has become the leading cause of death for college football players.

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