Illinois State Associate Head Coach Torrey Ward was among 7 passengers killed in a plane crash near Bloomington airport early Tuesday.
Torrey and five others were traveling on Scott Bittner's private plane on the way back home after attending the NCAA tournament title game in Indianapolis on Monday.
Torrey's last tweet on Monday was a photo of the plane that he would perish in just hours later.
He tweeted "My ride to the game wasn't bad.. #indy2015f4"
From Chicago Tribune:
"My daughter's husband and three other men and the pilot went to the NCAA game last night and they were flying back and I guess the weather was bad in central Illinois. It was foggy," Scott Barrows, Bitner's father-in-law, told the Chicago Tribune.
"They were supposed to land around midnight. My daughter was called at 4 a.m. There was no contact. It has been confirmed they are dead."
Ward starred at Phillips High School in Birmingham before guiding UAB to the NCAA tournament in 1999. He graduated with his degree in 2001.
He later served as an assistant at Jacksonville State and Ole Miss. He was the associate head coach at Illinois State before his death.
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