Former Whetstone High School boys basketball coach Kevin Arway died Dec. 7 after a more than two-year battle with cancer.

Former Whetstone High School boys basketball coach Kevin Arway died Dec. 7 after a more than two-year battle with cancer.

Arway, who was diagnosed in August 2014 with a grade 4 brain tumor known as glioblastoma multiforme, coached the Braves from the 2007-08 season through 2013-14.

He was 37.

During the hours after his death, numerous Twitter posts remembered Arway as an inspiration.

Pickerington North boys basketball coach Jason Bates wrote that Arway was "a great teacher, coach and motivator of kids."

On Sept. 18, 2015, Arway received the Skip Weiler Inspiration Award at Hollywood Casino's Night of Chocolate, which annually supports the mission of the Cancer Support Community of central Ohio.

Arway, an Akron Hoban graduate who walked on to the Denison University men's team, was an assistant at Columbus South for four seasons before taking over a Whetstone program coming off a 2-19 finish.

During his second season, in 2008-09, the Braves went 15-8 and reached a Division I district semifinal.

According to his page on CaringBridge.org, a funeral will be held from 2-5 p.m. Dec. 11 at Egan-Ryan Funeral Home and a Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Dec. 12 at the St. Thomas More Newman Center.

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