Women's College Basketball

 
         === Two Richmond coaches presumed dead in balloon accident ===
 
 Richmond,  VA  (SportsNetwork.com) - University of Richmond women's basketball
 staff  members  Ginny Doyle and  Natalie Lewis are  both believed to have been
 killed  when  a hot  air balloon  they were aboard  crashed Friday in Caroline
 County, Va.
 
 A  statement released by the university Saturday confirmed that both Doyle and
 Lewis  were  two of  three passengers  on the balloon  and that Virginia State
 Police have recovered two of the bodies, neither of which have been officially
 identified.
 
 Doyle, a 1992 Richmond graduate and former player for the Spiders, has been an
 assistant  at the school for 16 years and was promoted to associate head coach
 in 2011.
 
 Lewis  won four varsity letters as a swimmer for Richmond and was entering her
 third  season  as director of basketball  operations. She graduated from UR in
 2011.
 
 "As  alumnae, classmates,  and colleagues  --  and as  invaluable and  devoted
 mentors  for our  student-athletes  --  Ginny and  Natalie  have been  beloved
 members  of  our community,"  said Richmond president  Edward L. Ayers. "Their
 leadership and friendship will endure in the lives of so many."
 
 Atlantic  10  Conference  commissioner  Bernadette  McGlade  also  released  a
 statement regarding the tragedy.
 
 "Our  deepest  sympathy and  prayers  are  extended  to  the Doyle  and  Lewis
 families;  as well as the Richmond women's basketball student-athletes, staff,
 coach  [Michael] Schaffer  and athletic department staff," said McGlade. "This
 tragic  accident  is a  painful  reminder  of the  precious  gift  of life  --
 condolences  are inadequate,  so we stand ready to support our Richmond family
 in every way possible."
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 05/10 21:56:56 ET

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