MIAMISBURG, Ohio (WDTN) — A community mourns the death of a former Miamisburg High School football star.
The Brown County Coroner’s Office said Cody Hamblin, 22, of Miamisburg, died on Sunday at Lake Lorelei west of Fayetteville. He was visiting his grandparents over the Memorial Day weekend.
Officials said Hamblin went underwater and never resurfaced.
“Since I found out, it’s been the only thing that’s been on my mind,” said Matt Muncy, owner of Renegade Warehouse in West Carrollton.
On one of the walls at Renegade Warehouse, the phrase “#renegadefamily” can be read in bold, black letters.
Hamblin was not just a longtime member, visiting the CrossFit gym several times a week, but he was also part of the family.
“He was just a really cool kid,” said Muncy. “Just a great kid you’d want to hang out and do anything with.”
Muncy was not only a friend of Hamblin’s but also one his former football coaches.
It was four years earlier that Muncy and the Miamisburg community watched Hamblin, wearing his “13” blue jersey, streak up the field for the Vikings football team.
He was a quarterback, among other positions, for the Vikings.
“We did as much as we could with him,” said Tim Lewis, Hamblin’s football coach his junior and senior years at Miamisburg. “You just couldn’t take him off the field.”
Under Lewis’ leadership, Hamblin went on to lead the team in passing and rushing his junior season. The same year, he would become the GWOC South Offensive Player of the Year.
Injury problems sustained in his freshman season, however, would keep him sidelined part of his senior season.
“He was a hard-nosed kid,” said Lewis. “The only negative I can say about Cody Hamblin is that there was only one of him.”
Since learning of his death, people in the community wanted to help the family of that hard-nosed, hardworking product of Miamisburg.
On Monday, Muncy and others at Renegade Warehouse began raising money to help cover Hamblin’s funeral expenses.
“Our community is so great,” said Muncy. “With a couple of hundred people, that’s going to add up in a hurry.”
For those looking to make donations to help cover Hamblin’s funeral expenses, you’re asked to call Matt Muncy at Renegade Warehouse. You can call Muncy directly at 937-361-0828 or can drop off a donation at the gym located at 2050 S. Alex Rd. in West Carrollton.