A popular high school soccer coach from Arlington has died after a prolonged fight against COVID-19, the family says.

Arlington Sam Houston High School coach Joey Rodriguez died Sunday afternoon according to a message shared on social media by his wife Lena Rodriguez.

“My love has entered eternity where he can now be the father to our three babies in heaven. At 5:45 p.m. tonight, the Lord welcomed Joey to his eternal home. Thank you so much for your prayers and support. There will be more words later, but I have very few right now,” Lena wrote online. “Such sadness on earth, but rejoicing in heaven. Joey, you are and will always be the strongest man I know.”

Rodriguez had been battling COVID-19 for more than a month. NBC 5 spoke with his family in mid-September and…