Basketball coach’s wife, daughter, dog killed in car accident

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — The University of Wisconsin said Sunday the wife and daughter of men’s basketball assistant coach Howard Moore were killed in a Michigan automobile accident.

Moore’s wife, Jennifer, and daughter Jaidyn were killed early Saturday in the crash on the M-14 highway in Washtenaw County’s Superior Township, the department said.

“There are no words to describe how devastated we are for Howard and his family,” Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said. “Our basketball program is an extremely close family and we are all grieving.”

Samantha Winchester of Ann Arbor was traveling west in the eastbound lanes of the Detroit-area freeway when she struck a car head-on that was carrying the Moore family, Michigan State Police Lt. Darren Green said. The 23-year-old woman and Jaidyn died at the scene, authorities said.

Moore suffered third-degree burns and his son, Jerell, had minor injuries, Green said. Wisconsin said late Sunday that Moore was in stable condition in intensive care while his son was “up and walking around.”

“Howard is so much more than a colleague and coach,” Gard said. “He and Jen and their children are dear friends to everyone they meet. Their positivity and energy lift up those around them. We will miss Jen and Jaidyn dearly and we will put our arms around Howard and Jerell and the entire family, giving them love and support during this unspeakable time.”

Moore, a Chicago native, played at Wisconsin from 1990-95 and was head coach at Illinois-Chicago before returning to his alma mater during the 2015-16 season.

“I’ve known Howard ever since he was a student-athlete at Wisconsin and gotten to know his wonderful family through the years,” athletic director Barry Alvarez said. “He has always been an incredible representative of our athletic department and a positive influence on everyone around him. We are truly heart-broken for his family and will be doing everything possible to help him through this tragic time. Our prayers, love and support go out to the Moore and Barnes family.”

Many from the Wisconsin athletics family offered their support for Moore and his family on Saturday as word of the crash spread across social media. Washington Wizards forward Sam Dekker and Charlotte Hornets big man Frank Kaminsky, who together led the Badgers to the national championship game in 2015, both passed on their condolences.

“Thoughts and prayers are with the Moore family,” tweeted Kaminsky, who was named AP college basketball player of the year in 2015, the first Wisconsin player to receive the award. “Can’t even imagine the pain they are going through.”

Rival coaches from the Big Ten Conference also offered support for the Moore family on social media, including Purdue men’s basketball coach Matt Painter, Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann, Indiana coach Archie Miller and the Michigan State program.

Louisville coach Chris Mack, South Carolina coach Frank Martin and Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin also posted words for Moore.

“Heartbreaking news,” Martin tweeted . “Praying for Coach Howard Moore & my thoughts are with he and his family during this difficult time.”

The university, where Moore has coached since 2015, said Moore is in stable condition in the ICU and his son is “up and walking around.”

“Howard has been a terrific ambassador for Wisconsin for nearly 30 years, dating back to days as a UW student athlete,” the university said in a statement. “Our hearts are with Howard and Jerell and we, as a community, will support and lift up the entire Moore and Barnes families.”

Head coach Greg Gard said the university is “devastated.”

“Howard is so much more than a colleague and coach,” Gard said in a statement. “He and Jen and their children are dear friends to everyone they meet. Their positivity and energy lift up those around them.”

“We will miss Jen and Jaidyn dearly and we will put our arms around Howard and Jerell and the entire family, giving them love and support during this unspeakable time.”

Moore, who graduated from the university, returned to assist in coaching after spending five seasons as head coach at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

“He has always been an incredible representative of our athletic department and a positive influence on everyone around him,” director of athletics Barry Alvarez said in a university statement. “We are truly heart-broken for his family and will be doing everything possible to help him through this tragic time.”

A community around Moore

Dozens flooded social media with messages of support and love for Moore.

Coaches and college basketball teams — including from Loyola University ChicagoUniversity of IowaIndiana University and Purdue University — all sent their thoughts to the coach.

Sports writers also paid tribute.

“Howard Moore isn’t one of the good ones,” Brian Hamilton, from The Athletic, wrote. “He’s one of the GREAT ones. This is such terrible news and all you can do is send your thoughts to him, his loved ones and the extended Badgers hoops family.”

Nigel Thomas, the assistant men’s basketball coach at North Carolina Wesleyan College, wrote the “coach has been good to me over the years,” alongside a picture of the family.

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