UPDATE: August 7, 2022 8:47 p.m.

VERNON, Fla. (WMBB) — Vernon High School employees and district officials held a meeting on Sunday after the confirmation of the death of the high school’s athletic director and football coach.

Superintendent Joe Taylor said this is a terrible situation for Vernon High School and the district.

“With the death of an AD, also head football coach, that’s a very integral part of the school itself and for the students that are affected, all of the students are affected,” Taylor said. “For the staff here at Vernon High School, they have a very close connection to Vernon Middle School. It’s a huge gaping loss.”

Taylor said the district will offer counseling and support to anyone who needs it.

Our prior version of the story is below.

VERNON, Fla. (WMBB) — Vernon High School’s Athletic Director and football coach was killed in a boating accident near the Bailey Bridge in Bay County.

According to the United States Coast Guard the only person involved in the accident was the victim, Trey Pike.

Officials with the Coast Guard said an off-duty Panama City Fire boat was in the water when they found Pike’s 21′ center console boat still running. The boat had run into a cement power line tower in North Bay.

Panama City Fire, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and USCG were all on scene.

FWC recovered Pike’s body.

According to our media partner, Washington County News, the accident happened between 11:00 and 11:30 Saturday night.