WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - Wood-Ridge High School girls basketball coach Lou Wejnert has passed away suddenly. It was not COVID-19 related.
“The passing of Coach Wejnert has been heartbreaking,” stated Wood-Ridge Athletic Director Marc Sinclair. “Our condolences go out to the Wejnert Family. “
“Watching the relationship that he had with his family was so special,” Sinclair continued. “His son Jason was his biggest fan and his niece Tayler Wejnert was his assistant coach. The way he adored his family and always talked about them is what it’s all about. He was a great coach but even better man. He made an incredible impact on our student athletes in such a short time”
The WRHS Girls Basketball twitter feed @wrhsgirlsbb released the following statement.
“Coach Lou may have only been part of our program a short time, however his impact with live forever with the ladies he coached.”
Wejnert, was a member of the NJSIAA Hall of Fame, coaching 20 seasons at River Dell, before taking the Dwight Morrow job for the 2015-16 and 2016-2017 seasons. He took over at Wood-Ridge prior to the 2019-20 season after veteran coach David Mosconi stepped down for personal reasons.
Wejnert accelerated the Lady Blue Devils rebuilding process In 2019-20, finishing in second place in the Meadowlands Division with a 13-3 record, and an 18-9 overall record. They appeared in the opening round of the North 1, Group 1 sectional playoffs.
Wejnert has a career record of 483-157, with three state sectional titles, and one Bergen County title during his career. He was the head coach at Dwight Morrow in 2015-16 and 2016-17 before stepping down from the Englewood school. Prior to that he had compiled a 451–109 record at River Dell High School in 20 seasons.
Wejnert was a standout baseball and basketball player, led Ridgefield to a North 1, Group 1 baseball championship while playing basketball collegiately at Pace University and Jersey City State College, now known as New Jersey City University.
“Devastating,” commented Hasbrouck Heights girls basketball coach Mike Kilgallen. “ We knew each other for almost 15 years, where I admired his programs from afar and competed against his teams many times in our respective coaching stops. People saw the intense competitor on the sidelines, but I was lucky enough to coach his granddaughter Lily in softball, and he was a regular at all Waldwick sporting events, especially to see his grandchildren play. Every time we saw each other, we would talk about family and ask about mine.
“The Heights girls basketball program is thinking of his incredible family and the Wood-Ridge girls basketball program at this difficult time,“ Kilgallen said.
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