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Belvidere mourns loss of beloved teacher and coach

Robert Sally

BELVIDERE (WREX) — The Belvidere community is mourning the loss of beloved teacher and coach Rob Salley after he passed away on Saturday in the early evening.

In a tweet late last night, the Belvidere Girls Cross Country team tweeted:

"Coach Salley was a man who was passionate about his athletes and giving everyone a chance. he had a spirit of fire and excitement that made every practice meet and every cold cross country morning fun. personally, he was an outstanding coach, a trusted mentor and a really good friend. rob, you will be missed by so, so many. love to the Salley family during this difficult time."

Belvidere School District 100 offered the following comment on Salley's passing:

"Mr. Sally passed away unexpectedly Saturday evening. Mr. Sally was a 3rd grade teacher at Perry Elementary School and coach at Belvidere High School. He has been a part of the District 100 family for over 25 years."

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Sam Knox

Sam joined the WREX news team in the Spring of 2020.

He graduated from Emerson College in May of 2020, just two days before moving to Rockford to take the job at WREX as a Weekend Sports Anchor/Reporter. He majored in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Sports Communication.

Sam is originally from Sturbridge, Massachusetts, and has been an avid sports fan his whole life. He played basketball and baseball in high school, and he went on to play collegiate baseball at Emerson.

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