It is with profound sadness and immense grief that we share the news that beloved Bernard Zell Middle School teacher and longtime athletics coach, Matt Rieger, passed away October 27, 2021 following a brief but hard-fought battle with cancer.
This is a devastating and unexpected loss for our entire community, and especially for those who benefitted from his kindness and mentorship. For more than a decade Matt offered unparalleled expertise, inspiration and fantastic nicknames to all those student-athletes who played a sport under his leadership. Beginning last school year, Matt also began his tenure here as a Middle School teacher, which allowed him to share even more deeply his personal passions for history, literature and poetry. More than anything else, Matt will be remembered for always making students and his fellow teachers feel important and cared for.
May Matt’s memory be a blessing, and may those who knew and loved him find comfort amongst the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.