CLAYTON, N.C. (WNCN)– A Johnston County teacher and coach has died due to complications from COVID-19.

John Krol died Sunday due to a blood clot in his lungs, a complication of COVID-19, his wife, Lisa, confirmed.

Krol taught at Swift Creek Middle School, which has been offering in-person classes.

The school district said 15 staff members and students at Swift Creek Middle School are in quarantine.

According to Krol’s bio on Swift Creek Middle School’s website, he lived in Clayton with his wife and five boys.

He was a teacher for 17 years and taught math, science and social studies.

Krol was the head football and baseball coach at Swift Creek Middle School.

Below is a letter that was sent out to those at the school:

Swift Creek Families,

I regret to inform you of the passing of our beloved coach and teacher, Mr. John Krol.  His family informed the school of his passing this morning.  The family reports that he experienced a blood clot in his lung.  We extend our deepest sympathy to his family.  At this time, the family has asked for cards or notes written to his children about how Mr. Krol or Coach Krol has impacted you.  Cards can be mailed to Swift Creek Middle School at 325 Norris Road, Clayton, NC 27520 (attention Krol Memorial) or dropped off after January 4th.  The cards will be shared with his family as they are collected.  The passing of Mr. Krol is a loss for our Swift Creek Wolf PACK and he will be greatly missed by our staff, students, and community. 

Crisis Counseling is available to you and your family any time, day or night, through the Hope 4 NC hotline at 1-855-587-3463 (1-855-587-FIND).  Our counselors are also available for students presently, also over break, and following a return to school on January 4th.  They can be reached via the following ways:

Felicia Rawls ( or

Rachel Shields ( or

Over the next few days, please encourage your child to express his or her feelings.  If you have any concerns about your child’s reaction to this sad news, please let us know.  We are a family and are here to help.  


Dr. Evans 

JCPS District

A GoFundMe has been set up to help Krol’s family.