Former Northern High pitcher dies in fall at UNCC
Greg Pruitt, coach of Northern High School’s baseball team, thought Josh Helm had a bright future.
He was saddened to learn that his former player had died Sunday in a fall from a 11-story residence hall at UNC Charlotte.
“I’m sad and heartbroken for his family,” Pruitt said Monday.
Helm, 18, reportedly fell from the seventh floor of Moore Hall. UNC Charlotte spokesman John Bland said that university police and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department homicide unit were investigating, but that foul play did not appear to be involved.
An autopsy was expected to determine cause of death, but officials didn’t know how soon results would be released.
Helm played four years on Northern’s varsity baseball team. He was a sophomore by the time Pruitt became coach.
“He was a great young man,” Pruitt said. “He wasn’t the most talented baseball player, but he worked hard and really became a good baseball player.”
Helm made All-Conference in 2013, his senior year. He had good grades and scored well on collegiate tests, Pruitt said. He was pursuing a possible career in sports medicine.
“He was quiet, put a lot of pressure on himself, but he also was always the first one to work any camps that I did,” Pruitt said.
The coach hadn’t seen Helm since last summer.
“I’m just heartbroken that such a wonderful young man is gone,” he said. “I thought he was going to conquer the world.”
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