BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (KMSP) - He spent decades on the sidelines coaching hundreds, if not thousands of Bloomington and Eden Prairie youth.
Last week, after the longtime coach, Brian Loughrey, passed away, his sons started to realize just how impactful he had been on the community.
Loughrey's family says they were blown away when around 300 people showed up to his funeral last week most of them were kids, now adults, that he had coached in Bloomington little league football and hockey. Now the family is making dad's legacy live on by touching more kids’ lives.
"It's certainly hundreds if not thousands of kids that he coached," Loughrey’s son Brendan Loughrey said.
A sports fanatic Loughrey stuck with coaching long after his own kids had grown, volunteering where ever he could whether it be rides to practice or in equipment rooms and at tryouts.
"He's logged a lot of hours on rainy, windswept football fields, and freezing ice rinks, and dusty baseball fields," Brendan said.
Loughrey, who passed away while on his way to watch his grandson play football at Hamline University, rarely missed a game according to family members.
"Had his binoculars around his neck, four dollars in his pocket and a ticket to the Hamline game in his pocket so he was doing what he loved," said his son Sean Loughrey.
Loughrey, who didn’t have a written will, left behind assets the family wants to use to helps others.
"When we sat back and thought about it, it was a logical conclusion as to what part of his legacy should be. Helping the underprivileged kids play sports, that was his passion, his legacy," Sean Loughrey said.
The brothers started raising money for the Bloomington Athletic Association and kids who otherwise couldn't afford to play with plans to match what they raise with money from their dad's estate.
"It was a $1,000 day one, it was $2,000 day two, $ 7,000 a week later and it keeps going up."