A high school basketball referee in Wisconsin died after collapsing on the court during a boys varsity game Monday night.In an e-mail sent by the f
A high school basketball referee in Wisconsin died after collapsing on the court during a boys varsity game Monday night.
In an e-mail sent by the family to those who knew the referee, and forwarded to the Journal Sentinel on Tuesday by Richland Center administration, it was confirmed that Tracy Krueger, a longtime coach and official, was the referee who passed away.
“As he did as a colleague, competitor, teacher, and coach, he was once again sharing his love of athletics, competitive spirit, teamwork and fair play, while refereeing a basketball game when he collapsed on the court,” Krueger’s family said in the e-mail. “Unfortunately, he was unable to be revived.”
The news also was confirmed to the Journal Sentinel earlier Tuesday by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association.
“We received a report that the official working that game last night did pass away,” WIAA communications director Todd Clark said in an e-mail.
According to Wissports.net’s Travis Wilson, Krueger collapsed late in the second half of the game between Richland Center and Mount Horeb. People in the gym quickly began life-saving attempts via CPR and an automated external defibrillator, but Krueger could not be revived.
The death comes less than four weeks after Wisconsin Lutheran player Jordan Glenn collapsed on the court and stopped breathing during a game at Menomonee Falls. Medical professionals who were in attendance as fans were able to administer life-saving aid and revive the player.
University of Wisconsin men’s basketball coach Greg Gard issued a statement through the Wisconsin Basketball Twitter account paying tribute to Krueger and Ritchie Davis, the director of the Wisconsin Playground AAU Club who died Sunday.
“Losing Tracy Krueger leaves an enormous hole, not only in the Wisconsin basketball community in southwest Wisconsin, but athletics in general in that area,” Gard wrote. “If you grew up anywhere near southwest Wisconsin, you knew Tracy. He coached me in the early 80s at Bill Cofield and Steve Yoder’s camps. He worked our camps at UW-Platteville, Milwaukee and Wisconsin. He was just a great person who would give the shirt off his back to anyone who needed it.
“Between coaching and officiating nearly every sport, he was so well known, helpful and touched so many lives. I’ll be missing his ‘Saying of the Week’ positivity every Monday morning. Sincere condolences to his wife, Cecilia, and his children and grandchildren.”