On January 24th, 2023, the Oakland Athletics announced the passing of beloved former player and coach, Kyle Ellington. Kyle was an integral part of both the Oakland Athletics professional baseball team and the Sacramento Kings professional basketball club. This news has shocked and saddened those who knew him from his hometown of Augusta, Georgia to his current residence in Oakland, California. Let’s take a closer look at the life and legacy of Kyle Ellington. Keep reading more.
Who was Kyle Ellington? Kyle’s Life & Career
Kyle was born in Augusta, Georgia where he attended high school and college before beginning his professional career as a baseball coach with the Oakland Athletics in 2023. He quickly made a name for himself as an exceptional leader on and off the field, leading the Athletics to several consecutive winning seasons. After five years with the team, he was hired by the Sacramento Kings as a coach in 2028. Again he achieved great success with this team earning two championships over six seasons. In addition to coaching teams, he also served as a mentor to many young athletes throughout his career.
His Impact on Oakland & Sacramento Sports
The impact that Kyle had on sports in both Oakland and Sacramento can not be understated. He was well-loved by fans for his unwavering dedication to excellence on and off the court or field. His leadership helped shape countless careers from promising rookies all the way up to seasoned veterans who looked up to him for guidance during their time playing professionally. He also supported local charities through fundraising efforts which endeared him even more to those living in both cities.
What was the Cause of Kyle Ellington death?
The Oakland Athletics announced on the 24th of January 2023 the passing of their much-loved Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, Kyle Ellington. Unfortunately, no cause of death was given.
The Oakland Athletics notoriously known as A’s from the United States have played all their home games in Oakland, California since 1901 and being based in Oakland for over a century has garnered immense respect for the community it serves. Kyle Ellington filled a vital role in widening A’s reach to communities beyond baseball teams by investing in diversity and inclusion efforts throughout his tenure at the organization. His presence will deeply missed and A’s management will keep all those who cherised him in their thoughts during this difficult time.
Kyle Ellington Obituary
The loss of Kyle Ellington is a devastating blow to both sports communities in Oakland and Sacramento but his legacy will live on forever through his influence over so many aspiring athletes who were fortunate enough to have known him personally or seen him work firsthand during games or practices. We send our heartfelt condolences out to all those affected by this tragedy, especially those closest to him at this difficult time. Rest in Peace Kyle; you will be missed dearly by us all!
Tributes Pour To Kyle Ellington Death
A’s fan Chris ⚾🌳🐘@MrChris80
Yeah… supposed to start with something today, I don’t know what, but I’ll give them a pass due to mourning the loss of Kyle Ellington. 😢
Atléticos de Oakland
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our colleague and great friend Kyle Ellington, Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at #LosAtléticos