TWIN FALLS, Idaho ( KMVT / KSVT ) One week ago, legendary CSI head volleyball coach Heidi Cartisser passed away in her sleep. It took everyone by surprise and many needed to process what exactly transpired.
Now former and current CSI athletes are ready to share some favorite memories of their beloved coach.
Cartisser meant the world to these athletes.
2015 National Champion Regan Harr said, "she didn't have to break you down to build you up, she just built you up, she was a very special coach."
Harr played one year for the Golden Eagles, during the special 2015 championship season and stayed in touch with the team since leaving for Eastern Washington.
Heidi's unexpected death sent shockwaves to this junior college family.
"She was the first person to call you when she knew you were going through something, tell you how much she loved you. But she was also that person you wanted to go to battle with," explained Harr.
Jessi Seumalo played for Heidi in 2013 and 14 before finishing up at Oregon State. She came toTwin Falls this week specifically for her coach's funeral.
"We were always texting She’s that type of coach that you’ll be friends with forever" added Seumalo.
"The relationships you create with your teammates…all the girls I played with I’ll be best friends with for life," exclaimed Seumalo.
Seumalo added, "she kept with me really well. We would talk back and forth. I would call her or text her. She actually came up to two of my games and meet up with her and Jim. I think that’s what made her so special. After you left she became your friend."
Morgan Weatherwax (2016-2017 seasons)
"That day I felt off and my phone was going off, I didn’t know what was going on. We have a group chat with the volleyball team, I heard the news from my teammates. It was heartbreaking."
She came back early for the funeral.
"Heidi is one of a kind. You don’t find many coaches that much passion…Heidi cared and gave everything, if she could have played, she would of. That will stick with me forever," added Weatherwax.
"I think to see the support that coaches have given nationwide and seeing that bond with former teammates and current players," added Seumalo.
Farnsworth Mortuary is presenting the funeral service inside the CSI Gymnasium at 10 am.
There will also be a viewing at 9 am.
The college will run a shuttle bus from the softball field to the gym, starting at 8:30.
Of course, not everyone can attend the service, and CSI plans to live stream the event here: https://live.ksl.com/#/?_k=pj7mls