By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball assistant coach Howard Moore has awakened from a come following a car accident on Saturday. He awoken two days after the accident that killed his wife and daughter.
Moore and his family were traveling on M-14 highway early Saturday morning to visit family when they were hit by a wrong-way driver. Jennifer and Jaidyn, his wife and daughter, were killed, while Moore and his son survived the wreck.
Moore’s daughter and the driver of the other vehicle were also killed at the scene. Moore’s wife passed away after arriving at a local hospital.
His son, Jerell, suffered minor injuries.
“We are pleased to report that Coach Moore’s son, Jerell, has been released from the hospital and is in the care of family,” the family statement said. “We are further pleased to know that Coach Moore himself was up and walking at the hospital [on Monday]. Please continue to keep the entire family in your thoughts and prayers.”
It’s not clear how long Moore will be in the hospital with his injuries, but it appears to be long-term injuries.
Moore — a former Badgers player — made several stops as an assistant coach, before returning to his alma mater in 2005. He then left following the 2009-10 season to be the head coach at Illinois-Chicago, where he worked for five seasons.
Following his departure from Illinois-Chicago, he was employed as a studio analyst for the Big Ten Network. When Bo Ryan announced his retirement and Greg Gard was named interim head coach, Gard hired Moore to his staff.
He has been on the staff ever since.
The 49-year-old Chicago, Illinois native also worked as an assistant coach at Loyola-Chicago, Ball State, Bradley, and Chicago. He was 49-11 in the five-seasons as a head coach at UIC.
As the Flames head coach, he only had one winning season in 2012-13. That season, the team went 18-16 and a second round exit in the CIT Tournament.