A Wisconsin high school principal in town to watch Jeronne Maymon play basketball died Tuesday night at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Bruce Dahmen, principal at Madison Memorial High School since 2005, collapsed in the stands prior to Tennessee’s 67-58 loss to Florida, UT coach Cuonzo Martin confirmed Wednesday morning.
Mr. Dahmen was in town to watch Maymon, a UT senior and graduate of Madison Memorial.
The State Journal newspaper of Madison also confirmed the death.
“He embodied everything about this school and the community that supported Memorial,” Jeremy Schlitz, the school’s athletic director, told the State Journal.
Staff gathered at the school late Tuesday night to mourn the loss, according to the State Journal.
Maymon was not aware of Mr. Dahmen’s death during the game, according to assistant coach Kent Williams.
“We knew something happened before the game,’’ Williams said Wednesday on the New Sentinel’s Sports Page radio show. “We didn’t know who it was. But then after the game we were told who it was so we approached Jeronne about it. I know he took it tough.’’
Tim Maymon, Jeronne’s father, wasn’t at the game, but said Wednesday that Mr. Dahmen and his wife were on an anniversary trip and decided to stop in Knoxville and surprise Jeronne.
“I know Jeronne did look up (during warm-ups) and see them in attendance,’’ Tim Maymon said. “He took it kind of hard.
“Mr. Dahmen was a mentor and he was a vital part of the community. He sent a lot of boys to college to play baseball and basketball.’’