Mesa Community College, Glendale High School football coach dies during fight in Phoenix

Posted at 4:55 PM, Jul 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-01 02:03:23-04

A Mesa Community College football coach died over the weekend after getting into a fight in Phoenix.

Phoenix police say the incident happened on Saturday near 43rd Avenue and Bell Road when 44-year-old Benjamin McIvor fell and hit his head on the ground during a ‘brief altercation.’ Police say McIvor was taken to the hospital where he died.

The other man, a 47-year-old, left the scene but has since been cooperating with police.

A representative with the Maricopa Community Colleges confirmed McIvor coached for the school. His biography online shows he was entering his 19th coaching season, including two with MCC. McIvor was also the head coach at Glendale High School for six years.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Coach McIvor. Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this most difficult time," said Matt Hasson, with Maricopa Community Colleges. "Coach McIvor was well respected by his colleagues and our student athletes and will certainly be missed."

Amy Diaz, a family friend, said the coach was more than just a teacher to students. 

"He was more of a father, or uncle, it was more of a family, he took these kids in, he showed them love." 

A family attorney told ABC15 the man was watching a UFC fight at a bar; he left and was involved in a scuffle in the Padre Murphy's parking lot. 

A fundraiser is being held; donations can also be dropped off at the Glendale High School book store. 

Police are still investigating the incident that led to his death.