Saint Vincent's Academy mourns coach

Valrie Ann Harden (Courtesy: St. Vincent's Academy)
Valrie Ann Harden (Courtesy: St. Vincent's Academy)

By Jamie Durden -  email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Three generations of students and staff at Saint Vincent's Academy are walking the halls with heavy hearts today.

Monday night Valrie Ann Harden, a teacher for more than 30 years at the school was badly hurt in a crash along I-16. She died Wednesday at Memorial University Medical Center.

Saint Vincent's faculty members let the girls know at school; they say they will fondly remember her as "coach".

Assistant Principal and Athletic Director, Sister Pat Coward smiled through her tears.  "In talking with Ann's family these past couple of days, they said so many times that Ann really thought of St. Vincent's as her family." She continued, "Anybody in the coaching business knows you do indeed-this has to be your family because you practically live here."

Even though the tone at school today was a somber one, teachers found a way to laugh by remembering the good times.

"In Ann's younger days when she was here (we were talking about it at lunch time), she enjoyed taking her kids with her to Disney.  She took her nieces and nephews but she also took the girls from here on her softball team or her tennis team, or whoever and we were just laughing because we don't know who got more excited - the girls or Ann."

Valrie Ann Harden taught physical education and coached for 33 years at Saint Vincent's Academy.  She was 62 years old; her funeral will be held this Saturday.