St. Louis assistant Ford Stuen dies at 29

Saint Louis Billikens’ assistant coach Ford Stuen (L) has been with the team for five seasons. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

University of St. Louis assistant basketball coach Ford Stuen died Tuesday. He was 29 years old.

Stuen fell ill at the end of the 2020-21 basketball season and has been in the hospital since early April. According to the KSDK, Stuen had a stomach infection and had been treated with antibiotics. At one point he was even placed in a medically induced coma.

Stuen is survived by his wife Courtney and stepdaughter Lucy. Courtney is pregnant with a boy who is expected in August.

“Words cannot begin to express the pain and sadness we are all experiencing right now,” said SLU sports director Chris May in a statement. “Everyone associated with our program knew Ford as someone who was fully invested in the work of improving our student athletes. His passion, positive attitude and amazing outlook on life are things we will all take away. Our hearts goes to Courtney, Lucy, and Ford’s wonderful family. Please keep the Stuen family and Travis Ford and Ford family in your thoughts and prayers. “

Stuen recently completed his second season as an assistant coach for the Billikens. He was director of player development for the team for three seasons before being promoted to assistant coach in 2019.

The SLU said in his biography that he mainly worked with the team guards on the field and was heavily involved in scouting and statistical analysis. He was named one of the 30-under-30s for the National Association of Basketball Coaches in 2020.

Stuen is the nephew of St. Louis head coach Travis Ford. He played for Ford while Ford was the coach in Oklahoma state. St. Louis was 14-7 in 2020-21 after 23-8 in 2019-20.

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