New Jersey High School Baseball Coach, 30, Dies of Coronavirus After Being Discharged from Hospital

A beloved New Jersey high school baseball coach has died of coronavirus (COVID-19). Ben Luderer was just 30 years old. Cliffside Park School District confirmed the news of Ben’s death in a statement to the community. “It is with deep regret...

New Jersey High School Baseball Coach, 30, Dies of Coronavirus After Being Discharged from Hospital

A beloved New Jersey high school baseball coach has died of coronavirus (COVID-19). Ben Luderer was just 30 years old.

Cliffside Park School District confirmed the news of Ben’s death in a statement to the community.

“It is with deep regret that we inform you of the death of Mr. Ben Luderer, a teacher in School No. 6 and our varsity baseball coach. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to Mrs. Luderer, her family members, friends, and the entire Cliffside Park community,” the statement read.

“The Board of Education and the Administration want to extend our care and support to the Luderer family and to our community during this time. Our Administration and Counselors are available to support you and your children with any assistance you may need.”

Ben’s college baseball team Marist Red Foxes also paid tribute to Luderer on Twitter writing, “Saddened with the news of former student-athlete Ben Luderer’s passing. He was tough, smart & a great teammate. Went on to be a love teacher & coach! We pray for Ben’s wife and family!”

Ben’s own high school baseball coach Greg Butler also spoke out about the athlete’s death, explaining it left him stunned.

Butler recalled coaching Luderer’s team from Don Bosco Preparatory High School telling BuzzFeed: “That team was invincible.”

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“The reason they were champions was because of the attitude Ben and so many others,” Butler told BuzzFeed. “He really embodied that spirit.

“The irony of the whole situation here is the team that was invincible can be defeated with this invisible virus that’s out there.”

Ben’s wife Brandy, a special education teacher and athletics coach also for Cliffside Park Schools, also opened up about her husband’s death to BuzzFeed, explaining that she tested positive for coronavirus on March 19. Just three days later, Ben began exhibiting symptoms of the virus.