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.