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Coaches, pilot remembered after balloon crash

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The two University of Richmond basketball coaches killed in a hot-air balloon crash were a beloved long-time assistant who was part of one of the most revered moments in the program’s history, and a woman who was hardly out of college and always willing to help.

They were director of basketball operations Natalie Lewis and associate head coach Ginny Doyle.

The pilot, Daniel T. Kirk, was also killed when the balloon drifted into a power line and burst into flames Friday. He had 20 years of flying experience and was affectionately known as “Capt. Kirk.”

At the university’s graduation Sunday, a moment of silence was held as the tight-knit school of about 4,100 students remembered the crash victim.

 

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