BLOOMFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — Often times in sports there are both times of laughter and tears. The town of Bloomfield is mourning the loss of a beloved high school coach, who lost his battle with cancer Monday.

Bloomfield Public Schools confirmed that Bloomfield’s prized boy’s varsity basketball coach, Kevin Moses, died Monday night.

“Kevin Moses was known for his kindness, caring, and humorous spirit,” James Thompson, superintendent for Bloomfield Public Schools, said in a written statement to News 8. “He was a championship coach, family man, and mentor. He touched a lot of lives in the community and at Bloomfield High School, where he was an assistant football coach and the head coach of the varsity basketball team.”

“He will be greatly missed,” Thompson said.

It was revealed by Bloomfield school leaders that Moses died from stage four colon cancer. He was diagnosed sometime in September 2022, according to his GoFundMe page.

Just last year, Moses led the boy’s basketball team to the division four state championship. He was the first Black head coach to lead Bloomfield High School’s basketball team to a historic state championship victory, according to the GoFundMe page.

That was Bloomfield’s first state championship since 2008.

Since his passing, community members have flocked to Facebook to express their disbelief, sadness and condolences to the family.

The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference also tweeted about the loss, expressing how much of an influence Moses was on his team.

“RIP Bloomfield beloved coach and friend Kevin Moses. A bright light, a heck of a dancer, and an absolute CHAMPION for kids,” read the tweet.

At town hall, the flag is at half-staff in honor of Coach Moses and at the high school they are remembering him as an amazing coach, mentor and friend.