Assistant coach for Notre Dame’s track and field team Adam Beltran passed away at 46 years old Wednesday after a battle with cancer, a University press release said.
“While Beltran’s coaching accolades and fingerprints are all over the pages of the Notre Dame record books, it was his personality and striking humor that will be remembered most,” the press release said. “He was a beloved figure among student-athletes, coaches and anyone who spent time around the Irish program.”
According to the press release, Beltran coached 11 NCAA qualifiers during his time at Notre Dame and mentored three ACC champion throwers throughout his career.
“[Beltran] also had a knack for developing walk-on athletes into elite coach contributors. A majority of his school record holders and NCAA qualifiers were walk-ons,” Notre Dame track and field and cross country director Matt Sparks said in the press release.
But Beltran was even more well known for his humor and “gentle giant” personality, the press release said.
Mass at the Basilica will be held Friday, Sept. 23 at 3:30 p.m. in honor of Adam.
“The Beltran family welcomes any staff, students, friends, alumni and family to be with them during this time,” the press release said.