Alvin Sherby, 66, of Mt. Laurel, who taught and coached in the Camden School District for 37 years, died of a heart attack Monday at Methodist Hospital in Philadelphia.

Mr. Sherby, who grew up in Cumberland County, graduated from Bridgeton High School, where he played football. He continued playing at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Ark., where he earned a bachelor's degree.

He began his teaching career at Cramer Elementary School in Camden. While there, Mr. Sherby was an assistant football coach at Camden High School. He then taught health and physical education at Camden High School and coached the girl's soccer team.

He subsequently taught at Woodrow Wilson High School and, later, at Washington Elementary School, from which he retired four years ago.

For the last 15 years, he also coached junior-varsity basketball and varsity baseball at Moorestown Friends School.

For many years, Mr. Sherby directed athletic programs at the Jewish Community Center summer camp in Medford. For 10 years, he coached the center's track-and-field teams at the national Jewish Community Center Maccabi Games, where his teams won several gold medals, his son Craig said.

In his younger years, he played baseball for the Jewish Community Center league in Cherry Hill and while his children were growing up, he coached youth baseball teams in Mt. Laurel

He loved children, his son said, and was always encouraging them with the mantra "Make something good happen."

Mr. Sherby was a longtime Eagles season-ticket holder and often attended Phillies baseball games and University of Pennsylvania basketball games.

In addition to his son, he is survived by his wife of 34 years, Marilyn Braverman Sherby; a daughter Alyson; and a sister.

A funeral will be at 11 a.m. today at Platt Memorial Chapels, 2001 Berlin Rd., Cherry Hill. Friends may call at 10:15 a.m. Burial will be in Beth Abraham Memorial Park, Rosenhayn, N.J.

Memorial donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, South Jersey Chapter, 1415 Rt. 70 East, Suite 502, Cherry Hill, N.J. 08034.

Contact staff writer Sally A. Downey at 215-854-2913 or sdowney@phillynews.com.