'We're devastated': Sporting world rocked by unimaginable tragedy

University of Wisconsin men’s basketball assistant coach Howard Moore was injured in a head-on collision that killed his wife and daughter early Saturday in Michigan.

Michigan State police responded to a crash at 2.04am on Saturday in an area centered near the M-14 highway, multiple reports stated.

A vehicle driven by a 23-year-old woman was heading west in the eastbound lanes of M-14 when she struck the Moore family vehicle head-on.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Moore’s nine-year-old daughter Jaidyn died on the scene as well, while his wife Jennifer died at the hospital.

Moore was seriously injured and is reportedly in a coma, while his 13-year-old son Jerell received minor injuries.

A third vehicle was also involved in the crash, with the driver receiving minor injuries.

Moore played at Wisconsin from 1990-95, which included a 1994 NCAA tournament appearance that ended a 47-year drought for the Badgers.

He returned to Wisconsin for a second coaching stint in 2015. The 2018-19 season served as his ninth season overall in a coaching capacity with Wisconsin.

In total, Howard has 19 years of collegiate coaching experience, including several as a head coach.

Howard, son expected to recover

The University of Wisconsin released a statement Sunday confirming the news of the car accident and sharing an update.

Per the release, the 43-year-old Howard and his son Jerell suffered injuries but are expected to recover.

The University of Wisconsin community has rallied around Howard Moore and his family. Pic: Getty

Howard is in the ICU and his son is “up and walking around”.

"There are no words to describe how devastated we are for Howard and his family,” head coach Greg Gard said.

“Our basketball program is an extremely close family and we are all grieving for the Moore and Barnes families. Howard is so much more than a colleague and coach.

“He and Jen and their children are dear friends to everyone they meet. Their positivity and energy lift up those around them.

“We will miss Jen and Jaidyn dearly and we will put our arms around Howard and Jerell and the entire family, giving them love and support during this unspeakable time."

Jennifer Moore, 46, was driving and was cleared of any wrongdoing, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

She was taken off life support on Saturday.

Howard had shared a heartfelt Mother’s Day message on May 12:

Community reacts to devastating news

Following the news, many former Wisconsin players offered their condolences to Moore and his family on social media.

Competing schools and their head coaches also offered their thoughts and prayers.

Wisconsin head coach Greg Gard was scheduled to fly to Michigan to be with the Moore family, per USA Today.

with Yahoo Sports