Former Wildcat coach tests positive for coronavirus

Yahoo Sports and USA Today reported over the weekend that former Wayne State women’s basketball coach and current Cleveland State mentor Chris Kielsmeier tested positive for the coronavirus.

Cleveland State University athletic officials made the announcement Saturday night, marking the first confirmed case of the coronavirus at the university. The announcement came days after the Vikings completed a 21-11 season with a loss in the Horizon League conference tournament last week.

“It has been a very challenging couple of days,” Kielsmeier said in a university news release. “I am beginning to feel better and look forward to getting back to 100 percent.”

The university said that it has taken several measures, including suspending all non-essential on-campus operations, identifying those who had been in close contact with Kielsmeier and conducting remote classes through April 10.

“Our wish for a speedy recovery is with (Kielsmeier),” Women’s Basketball Coaches Association president Tricia Cullup said in a statement. “While we hope Chris is the only WBCA family member who contracts the virus, we likely will hear of others in the coming days and weeks.”

Contacted by text late Sunday, Kielsmeier said he appreciated the thoughts and prayers from the Wayne community and said he’s getting better.

“Through this whole process, my primary concern has been the people around me,” he siad. “I know things could be worse. It’s been a rough few days. I’m OK . . . I really, really ache. This stuff is nasty and there is nothing they can do for you.”

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