51-Year Old Pennsylvania Swim Coach David “Dino” Kesler Dies of COVID-19

51-year old David Kesler of Dauphin, Pennsylvania died on November 16 after a battle with COVID-19.

Known affectionately to his team as “Coach Dino,” Kesler was the coach of the Dauphin Dolphins swim team in central Pennsylvania.

He was also a Tae Kwon Do instructor (and 2nd-degree blackbelt), and the president of Homeland Shield and ENACT, a volunteer-based organization that provides security and organizes disaster relief supplies and support.

He was hospitalized on October 31 and died just over two weeks later. Kesler was one of 72 deaths related to COVID-19 in the state of Pennsylvania on November 16, according to data compiled by the New York Times.

Pennsylvania, like most of the U.S., has begun to see a new wave of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths as colder, wetter weather pushes people back indoors.

No information about Kesler’s vaccination status was available, though state data reports that about 53% of residents in Dauphin County are fully vaccinated. Dauphin is currently reporting about 41 new cases per 100,000 residents daily, with a 12% test positivity rate. That’s a rate more than double the average rate on November 1.

Kesler was also an avid motorcyclist and according to his obituary, he was a former president and original member of the Maulitia Motorcycle Club. The Maulitia Motorcycle Club says on their website that “We are made up of patriotic citizens who love their country, their freedoms, and their liberty. We are committed to standing against and exposing corruption and injustice.” The club also identifies themselves as a part of the 3 Percenters movement, a far-right, anti-government militia movement in the United States and Canada. The 3 Percenters movement, which has been labeled a terrorist entity by the government of Canada, formally dissolved after the 2021 United States Capitol attack, though local independent groups still operate.

In 1996, he opened Stoney Creek Cycles, where he maintained, repaired, and built motorcycles.

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Old Retired Guy
6 days ago

Too early. Condolences to family and to all who loved and cared for this man. Rest In Peace.

Wayne Christopher
6 days ago

Unfortunately Coach was not vaccinated. He told us he “did not believe in liberal policies”. May he Rest In Peace and look down on us as we continue to fight the good fight

Rico23
Reply to  Wayne Christopher
6 days ago

Terrible time to make this kind of comment

SCCOACH
Reply to  Rico23
6 days ago

His own obituary mentioned he was a part of a far right organization so whoever wrote the obituary is inviting political discussion and judgment

Walter
Reply to  Rico23
6 days ago

Facts are inconvenient.

MIT 82
Reply to  Wayne Christopher
6 days ago

Thank you, Wayne. Your comment was not too soon.

BearlyBreathing
6 days ago

I hope some day we can develop a vaccine against this terrible disease.

Curious
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
6 days ago

lots of people die with the vaccine… How many boosters will you get to be considered fully vaccinated?

Rafael
Reply to  Curious
6 days ago

Unvaccinated are actually near 97% of deaths, the majority of deaths among vaccinated are of older people. Older people have lower vaccine response (for any vaccine) due to weaker immune system.

Also unvaccinated spread more and have longer infection, higher chance of hospitalization that can impact on mutations of a new variant

Last edited 6 days ago by Rafael
Bubbles
Reply to  Rafael
6 days ago

Half of C19 cases have no live virus (NYT)
Half of hospitalizations are there for something non-covid (The Atlantic)
1/3 of all hospitializations may have gotten Covid in-hospital (Lancet )
A third of the deaths are likely not C19 (RG)

The denominator is a liar or lost forever.

My condloence to the Kesler family and the community he served.

Cynic
Reply to  Rafael
6 days ago

Interesting that 97% is a meaningful number to you, but you seem to support government mandated vaccines for a disease that has a survival rate over 99% without vaccine. BAAAAH-BAAAAH

Last edited 6 days ago by Cynic
Steve Nolan
Reply to  Cynic
6 days ago

I would invite you to take two seconds to think about how numbers work.

Rafael
Reply to  Cynic
5 days ago

First this 99% survival rate is not actually the most accurate number anymore.

That was before we had healthcare system collapse. During collapse death % was higher because of lack of oxygen, meds and risky procedures without intensivist teams.

That also increased other deaths as people could not Access propor care. We call this excess death.

And among Those who survived, many developed diabetes, brain/nervous system damage or permanent loss of lung capacity

Rafael
Reply to  Rafael
5 days ago

And not even considering that delta might have a higher death rate

harambe
Reply to  Cynic
5 days ago

I saw a kid lose a leg to COVID coagulopathy, he’s part of the 99%

So Sad
Reply to  Curious
6 days ago

Lots more die without it. I am very sad for his family and his team. The vaccine and vaccine policy have polarized too many. My child’s swim team just lost their head coach because of vaccine policy. He didn’t die: he quit. He walked out on 160+ swimmers with no notice, no succession plan. He ran a morning practice with his Senior group giving them no indication anything was wrong, and that afternoon we received an email stating he was gone. Vaccine wasn’t required. If you weren’t vaccinated you had to be tested once a week. He felt it was discriminatory. Athletes are reeling with feelings of betrayal and abandonment, but obviously his vaccine policy conviction outweighed all his other… Read more »

BearlyBreathing
Reply to  So Sad
6 days ago

Tragic and depressing. I feel bad for the kids.
I genuinely wonder how a guy like that is going to get another job
And not just him but all the health care workers and gov’t employees and service members who would rather resign than get vaccinated.
Maybe they’re all gonna become day traders. Dunno.

Last edited 6 days ago by BearlyBreathing
Steve Nolan
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
6 days ago

It’s a pretty small number of people losing their jobs over mandates. Estimates I’ve seen is 1-5% of worker.

BearlyBreathing
Reply to  Steve Nolan
6 days ago

The civilian workforce is around 160 million. Add to that an unknown number of ex-military and you got somewhere around 5 – 10 million. I wonder what they will do.

Corn Pop
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
6 days ago

They be moving to Florida with Nancy .

Huffpost
Reply to  Curious
6 days ago

Simply not accurate. 95% of deaths currently are unvaccinated. Of the 5% vaccinated who die of covid most have serious medical conditions. Science. It’s real.

Anonymoose
Reply to  Huffpost
6 days ago

i’ll still wait for another 85 years b4 getting the shot to make sure it doesnt just randomly kill you after that time.
we’ll see if the vaccine is really so safe then!! 🤡

ct swim fan
Reply to  Anonymoose
6 days ago

The vaccines never claimed to be 100% effective. The highest efficacy rate was around 95% I believe. They are extremely safe and it’s people like you that are prolonging this nightmare. Be part of the solution and get vaccinated.

Anonymoose
Reply to  ct swim fan
5 days ago

no worries, i am vaxxed and was making a joke

chinnychenchen
Reply to  Anonymoose
5 days ago

damn everyone missed the satire here lmao

Anonymoose
Reply to  chinnychenchen
5 days ago

i thought it was abundantly clear lmao

well its okay. rest easy dear swimswam commenters, for i am already vaccinated and only pretended to be insane

Caleb
Reply to  Anonymoose
4 days ago

It was a good joke

YFAN
Reply to  Huffpost
6 days ago

comorbidities are 95% plus or higher for vaxed or unvaxed deaths….usually several assorted such as obesity, diabetics, cardiac conditions to name just three…

50 Meter Pools Rule
Reply to  Curious
6 days ago

Dude. Cmon. Science and facts are real things. Don’t get it if you don’t want to, but be real man. Read. Again. Science. Facts.

Old Swimmer
Reply to  Curious
6 days ago

Where is your source for this completely false comment? What is “lots”? Vaccines not only make you approximately 20 times less likely to die from Covid, they offer better immunity than previous infection. https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s1029-Vaccination-Offers-Higher-Protection.html#:~:text=The%20data%20demonstrate%20that%20vaccination,at%20least%206%20months.

Taa
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
6 days ago

Pfizer pill looks to be a highly effective treatment so I think death rates are going to decline even more. Too late to help this coach.

Clown Show
6 days ago

🤡🤡🤡

Boosted
6 days ago

He owned the Libs, though.

Huffpost
6 days ago

Didn’t know science was liberal. Gee the things you learn from dead antivaxxers!

Jay Ryan
6 days ago

To quote the new German health minister, “when this pandemic is over the population will include only the vaccinate, the recovered, and the dead”.

In Germany this is considered an upbeat peptalk, but it is a bit dark for my taste, however true.

I cannot understand a statewide vaccination rate of only 53%. Some people need to read more books (rather than burn them).

BearlyBreathing
Reply to  Jay Ryan
6 days ago

I believe the figure of 53% only applies to Dauphin County.
In Pennsylvania, it’s more like 58% fully vacinated, 80% with at least one shot.
Still could be a lot better.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Braden Keith
6 days ago

That’s a surprising gap between partially and fully vaccinated, given how long they’ve been available to everyone in the US.

Oddly optimistic that the partial percentage is tipping up, though!

Oswego Alum
Reply to  Jay Ryan
6 days ago

And the amount of doctors, vaccinated and not, who blasted him for this ignorant comment was profound. Just because someone says it doesn’t make it true.

Swimpop
6 days ago

Well, he sure owned the libs didn’t he.

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Braden Keith

Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder/co-owner of SwimSwam.com. He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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