Skyline High School assistant cheer coach dies

March 22, 2011

By Laura Geggel

NEW — 1 p.m. March 22, 2011

Tamara “Tammy” Fox, the assistant cheer coach at Skyline High School, died Sunday, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

A 1998 graduate of Liberty High School, Fox cheered for three years on Liberty’s cheerleading squad. Her classmates awarded her the honor of having the most school spirit in her senior year.

Liberty principal’s secretary Kathy Schroeder knew Fox from the cheer squad and from her work as an office teacher’s assistant.

“She was a great gal,” Schroeder said. “I’m just heartbroken.”

She remembered teasing Fox about the crush she had on former Seattle Mariners star Alex Rodriguez during their hours together in the main office.

“I remember her as our TA and we would sit and talk about her love for Alex Rodriguez,” Schroeder said. “She was just helpful and sweet and hardworking and a great cheerleader.”

Fox, a 31-year-old lawyer living in Issaquah, started working at Skyline this fall.

“We were truly lucky to be on the receiving end of her generous spirit and enthusiasm for sharing what enjoyment and leadership qualities cheerleading could bring for the student-athletes involved in the program,” Skyline Principal Lisa Hechtman wrote in an email to parents Monday.

Skyline had a moment of silence on Monday in honor of Fox. The high school also provided counseling services to those struggling with the news of her death.

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