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Smithtown Girls Lacrosse Coach Dies on Field

Coach and Suffolk County Girls Lacrosse President Kurt Burmeister was 46 years old.

President of Suffolk County Girls Lacrosse and local fifth grade and travel team lacrosse coach Kurt Burmeister has died, according to multiple reports.

Burmeister was 46 years old.

According to a laxmagazine.com report, Burmeister was coaching a clinic for new girls lacrosse players on Monday when he went into cardiac arrest. 

“He was running a new girls’ clinic at the local high school and he really wasn’t feeling well, but he went anyway. He had a heart attack and died on the field while coaching the girls," lacrosse coach for Smithtown's fourth grade girls team Joseph DeNicola told laxmagazine.com.

The lacrosse league website stated the wake for Burmeister will be held at the on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the funeral service is set for Friday at 10 a.m. Visitors involved in the league are asked to wear a form of Smithtown apparel, such as a jersey or a shooting shirt, in solidarity for the late coach and his family.

Locals are also being encouraged to express memories and share photos of the late coach on the team's Facebok page.

DeNicola told laxmagazine.com that Burmeister was "a selfless person that was constantly developing the game by constantly bringing in new people to the game.”

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Kurt Burmeister Memorial Foundation, which will help girls that want to participate in Smithtown's girl's lacrosse camps and clubs. A fundraiser has been set for May 10 at , and donations could be made to the foundation here

The late coach is survived by his wife, Susan; two 10-year-old daughters Gretchen and Lili; and parents, Kenneth and Barbara Burmeister.

Heard Around Town March 01, 2012 at 05:26 PM
I coached soccer against Kurt for several years and you will never meet a nicer man. His daughters went to the same elementary school as my kids and I would see him at school functions all the time. I am shocked and saddened by his passing.
Joe_S March 02, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Was there an AED avilable at the school?
Smithtowncitizen4Truth March 02, 2012 at 05:18 PM
There is an AED program for all of the schools, supervised by a central office administrator and a doctor, as required by law. Each school, depending on its size, has two or more. The high schools each have several. The athletic program has additional AEDs available to the coaches for after-school games. Prior to her retirement, Dr. Meryl Ain was the administrator who supervised the AED program. I'm not sure who took on this responsibility since she retired last year.
Joe_S March 02, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Not fully knowing the circumstances around this unfortunate incident, I find it completely disturbing, the lack of AED equipment at all of the town facilities that sponsor athletic events. Veterans Park, the Armory etc…
Second Opinion March 03, 2012 at 09:56 PM
@Joe_S: If you have concerns, I suggest you ask Mr. Ehmann and the board to name the administrator who is currently supervising the district's AED program, and request answers. Did the lacrosse team have access to an AED the day of the tragedy, and if so, was it used? If not, why not? How many AEDs does the district have, and how are they dispatched? Also, when was the last time all of the district's AEDs were inspected to make sure they are working? What is the procedure to report that a battery is low or failing?
Harry April 07, 2012 at 05:27 PM
So the foundation money only goes to support lax and not to the family, correct? You could stick an AED in everyone's pocket and more would pass than live. Can we please stop looking to blame someone everytime a tragic event happens?

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