Wisconsin assistant coach Howard Moore was involved in a serious car crash early Saturday morning that took the life of his wife and daughter.
Moore’s daughter, 9-year-old Jaidyn, was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife, Jennifer, was treated at the hospital before being taken off life support Saturday afternoon. Moore and his son, 12-year-old Jerell, were injured in the accident. A statement put out by Wisconsin said the two are expected to recover from their injuries.
Wisconsin has released a statement on the tragic car accident that took the lives of the wife and daughter of assistant Howard Moore. pic.twitter.com/F92vg5CG6D
— Zach Heilprin (@ZachHeilprin) May 26, 2019
A vehicle, driven by a 23-year-old Ann Arbor woman, was heading west in the eastbound lanes of M-14 when she struck another vehicle with four people inside head-on, Green said. The female driver was pronounced dead at the scene, he said.
In the car she struck, a female child also was killed and pronounced dead at the scene, two others were critically injured and a male child suffered minor injuries, Green said.
Moore played basketball at Wisconsin (1991-94) before returning to serve as an assistant under former coach Bo Ryan from 2005 to 2010. He then took the head coaching job at Illinois-Chicago. After five seasons there, he came back to his alma mater midway through the 2015-16 season as an assistant under coach Greg Gard.
— Howard Moore (@Howard_Moore) May 12, 2019
In addition to his work on the basketball court, Moore and his wife have been heavily involved in the community in both Madison and in Moore’s hometown of Chicago, including his “Legends Taking Back the Streets” event aimed at attacking the issue of gun violence in the city.
A large number of well wishers took to Twitter Saturday afternoon to show support for Moore and his family:
We send our love and support to Coach Moore and his family through this time…
— Sam Dekker (@dekker) May 25, 2019
Please pray for @Howard_Moore and his family! Can’t believe what I’m hearing!
— Patrick Baldwin (@CoachBaldwin23) May 25, 2019
Wisconsin assistant Howard Moore has been a great friend and mentor to me. Many prayers go up for him & his family during this devastating time. Absolutely heartbreaking news. Please pray 🙏🏾
— LaVall Jordan (@LaVall_Jordan) May 25, 2019
Absolutely heartbreaking news regarding Wisconsin assistant Howard Moore and his family. Involved in a car accident late last night that claimed life of his wife and daughter. Awful. Howard suffered non-life threatening injuries and his son suffered minor injuries. So sad.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) May 25, 2019
Everyone say a prayer for @Howard_Moore and his family during this devastating time. Badger family is with you!
— Duje Dukan (@dujedukan) May 25, 2019
Please keep your thoughts and prayers with the Wisconsin basketball program and assistant coach Howard Moore and his family. So sorry for your loss.
— Indiana Basketball (@IndianaMBB) May 25, 2019
@Howard_Moore please Lord place your strength and spirit in Coach Moore and his family. We all need to 🙏🏼 for the Moore family
— Frank Martin (@FrankMartin_SC) May 25, 2019
Thoughts are with @Howard_Moore and his family. Life just isn’t fair sometimes.
— Freddie Owens (@FreddieOwens) May 25, 2019
Our deepest thoughts & prayers to @BadgerMBB assistant coach Howard Moore.
Our entire staff, players and family has you in our minds.
— Purdue Basketball (@BoilerBall) May 25, 2019
All the amazing people at Wisconsin.. nobody put a smile on your face like Jen and Coach Moore 💔💔💔. Prayers up.
— Jordan Taylor (@JMTaylor11) May 25, 2019
— Coach Tony Granato (@TonyGranato) May 25, 2019