A celebration for coach Kris

Coach Kris Ledgard (right) on the Riders bench
Coach Kris Ledgard (right) on the Riders bench

THE life of a popular basketball coach from Milton Keynes will be celebrated before Leicester Riders game against London Lions this Sunday.

Kris Ledgard was working as a strength and conditioning coach for Leicester Riders basketball team, but died last Friday as a result of a suspected heart attack.

The 22-year-old was a popular figure among Riders players, and well known to the fans, as he took the team through their warm-ups prior to games.

The former Stantonbury Campus student also worked with Riders’ Loughborough University programme, for the men and women’s teams, as well as Riders’ apprentices in their AASE programme at Charnwood College.

Riders’ head coach, Rob Paternostro, said: “It is an absolute tragedy and we are all devastated, particularly for his family.

“Kris did a fantastic job with our players last season, he was a valued member of our staff, he was very instrumental in our success on the court but what I will remember most was that he was one of the guys, someone who we all enjoyed being around.”

Riders’ women’s coach, Matt Harber, said: “I can’t even articulate how I feel about Kris’ passing, but all I know is that we were all so fortunate to know him and to have the opportunity to work with and get to know him over the past 12 months.

“Kris has made a permanent impact upon our basketball programme and that will live on throughout our team for a long, long time.”

Mr Paul Reynolds, Kris’ former PE teacher at Stantonbury Campus, added: “I know Kris would have gone on to be outstanding in his chosen field as that was the motivated and ambitious person he was.

“But beyond this he was just a kind, respectful and likeable young man.”