Jim Dooley, Delone Catholic High School's longtime boys basketball coach, has died.

The school's principal, Maureen Thiec, confirmed Dooley passed away at 8:30 p.m. Thursday evening.

Thiec said the coach was still planning to participate in the basketball season this year.

Thiec said the school had already scheduled a mass to observe All Saints' Day this morning, and will remember Dooley during that service.

Thiec said Dooley's dedication to his team was clear: He gave handwritten cards to his players before each game, outlining his expectations and encouraging them.

The Evening Sun reported Dooley died after a battle with apalastic anemia, a rare disease that causes bone marrow to stop making red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets for the body.

Thiec said Dooley called one of his basketball players yesterday afternoon, to encourage him to be the best he could be.

"At the very end he thought about his players," Thiec said.

For the story from The Evening Sun, go here.