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REACTION: Cedar Falls Hall of Fame coach remembered

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A man who spent more than 30 years coaching in Cedar Falls is being remembered today. He and his wife were killed in a crash yesterday.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Jerry and Jacqueline Jane Slykhuis were driving in Seward County when a semi driver did not stop at a stop sign and hit their car. Both Jerry and Jacqueline died.

Jerry coached at CFHS from 1976-2008. He was also the head men's golf coach for 15 years.

"Coach Slykhuis had a passion for teaching kids and an unparalleled love for the game of basketball. His name will always be synonymous with Cedar Falls Basketball, and we are grateful as a Tiger family for his years of dedication and leadership within our program. Many stories will abound in the coming days about past victories, games, and practice sessions, but what stands out most in my memories and conversations with others is how generous he was to others…especially kids. Whether it was spending extra time with a group of young kids teaching the fundamentals of basketball, giving advice or guidance, or giving a kid a basketball or t-shirt when they didn’t have the means, Coach gave of himself and touched so many lives. He will be greatly missed," said Ryan Schultz, the current head basketball coach, who also played under Jerry.

"Jerry was an outstanding man; a hall of fame coach with a very successful career. He had a real passion for the game of basketball. Just this winter he was still tutoring and coaching young athletes on how to improve their game. He was even at a couple of games this season to cheer on the Tigers. Jerry was and always will be a CF Tiger. He was a wonderful person and will be truly missed. We offer our sincere condolences to Jerry and Jane's family," said CFHS Athletic Director Gary Koenen.

District Statement: "It is a sad day for our Cedar Falls Tiger family and for our community. Both Jerry and Jane have made indelible, positive impacts on so many lives within our community and beyond. They will be greatly missed, and our thoughts and prayers are with their family."

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