The celebration of life service for local basketball guru Steve Humann will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 4 at the Ashland Middle School gym.

The celebration of life service for local basketball guru Steve Humann will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 4 at the Ashland Middle School gym.

Humann, who coached from a wheelchair after a botched surgery left him paralyzed in 1982, died July 14, three weeks after suffering a heart attack.

A Castro Valley, Calif., native, Humann began his coaching career as an assistant at San Francisco State and Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. He spent six years as an assistant at Cornell University in Ithica, N.Y., before taking the Southern Oregon State College — now Southern Oregon University — men's head coaching job in 1980.

After the surgery, Humann was forced to relearn how to talk. Later, he helped build Ashland's AAU girls basketball program into a state powerhouse, and eventually took over the Ashland High varsity team for two seasons starting in 2002.

Donations can be made at Rogue Federal Credit Union to the Stephen K. Humann Memorial Fund.