Wisconsin coach suffers setback after Mich. crash that killed wife, daughter

Shawn D. Lewis
The Detroit News

University of Wisconsin assistant men’s basketball coach Howard Moore will not return courtside for the Badgers' fall season after suffering a medical setback following the car crash that killed his wife and daughter in Michigan on May 25.

The university said Moore, 46, recently experienced a medical issue at his Madison area home. During the ride in an ambulance to the hospital, Moore went into cardiac arrest and has been receiving treatment at the hospital. He will be moving to a long-term care and rehabilitation facility during his recovery.

Howard Moore’s wife, Jennifer, and daughter, Jaidyn, were killed in the wrong-way crash; Moore and his son, Jerell, survived.

His daughter, Jaidyn, 9, died at the scene of the crash. His wife, Jennifer, was taken off life support and died May 25, the day of the crash. Moore and his son, Jerell, 13, were injured.

The family was traveling to the area Memorial Day weekend to visit relatives. Jennifer Moore was a Detroit native.

Michigan State Police reported at the time that wrong-way driver, 23-year-old Samantha Winchester of Ann Arbor, was heading west in the eastbound lanes of M-14 when she struck the Moores' vehicle head-on. Winchester was pronounced dead at the scene. State police have not yet released the toxicology report on Winchester.

A statement released by the University of Wisconsin from Moore’s family reads: “The Moore family greatly appreciates the outpouring of love and support from the greater Madison and Chicago communities, the Badgers and Big Ten families and all whose lives Howard and his family have touched.  Please continue to keep Howard and his son, Jerell, in your prayers. “

Michigan State Police Brighton Post spokesman Lt. Darren Green said in May about Winchester: “We don’t know why she was travelling the wrong way, or how long she had been travelling the wrong way. Based on the toxicology reports and autopsy, pieces of the puzzle may come together to answer those questions. But then again, we may never know.”

According to the University of Wisconsin website, Moore rejoined the Wisconsin men's basketball program in December 2015 for his second stint as an assistant coach with the Badgers. The 2019-20 season would have marked Moore’s 10th season on the Wisconsin bench and fifth under head coach Greg Gard.

A 20-year collegiate coaching veteran, Moore returned to his alma mater after spending the previous five seasons as head coach at Illinois-Chicago. Prior to his recent head coaching tenure with UIC, Moore served as an assistant at Wisconsin under retired head coach Bo Ryan from 2005-10.