Word has been received of the death of Jeff Carling, who made a name for himself as a high school and college coach in this area.
The native New Yorker began his teaching career at Mulberry Grove, serving as a grade school and high school coach.
Carling then went to Highland St. Paul High School to coach, and followed with the Centralia High School boys head coaching job.
He was men’s basketball coach at Kaskaskia College from 1988 through 1998.
He had a brief stint as coach at Kinmundy High School.
Jeff Carling was 74 years of age when he died last Wednesday (August 19).