UTRGV MBB head coach Lew Hill suddenly passes away

UTRGV men's basketball head coach Lew Hill died Saturday night in his sleep according to Jeff Goodman of Stadium.

Hill coached the Vaqueros Saturday night against Texas Southern. He was 55 years old. 

Goodman also reports that, according to sources, Hill had recently battled COVID-19 and was set to soon step away from the team for the rest of the season.

Update 2/7 8:20 p.m.: The school confirmed his passing Sunday night. The cause of death is not known at this time.

"Words cannot describe how any of us feel right now. Everyone in our department is devastated by this news," UTRGV Vice President and Director of Athletics Chasse Conque said in a statement on the school's website. "Coach Hill was an incredible human being. He was my close friend and a trusted colleague. He cared deeply about those around him, from his family, to his players, to his staff and really, everyone in the department and at UTRGV. We offer our deepest condolences to Renee and Coach Hill's entire family during this unimaginable time."

"This is a tragic loss, not only for the UTRGV community but for the entire Rio Grande Valley community," said UTRGV university president Guy Bailey in a statement. "Coach Hill was very involved in the community and always had a knack for making everyone he met feel special. On behalf of the entire university, we convey our heartfelt condolences to Coach Hill's family and friends. Please keep them in your thoughts in the following days."

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