Water ski head coach dies in bike accident

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Michael Woodgate, head coach of ULM’s water ski team, died in a crash on Nov. 3. The Louisiana State Police released a statement that said the 28 year old was riding a bicycle on the shoulder of Louisiana Highway 139 in Swartz when he crossed into the travel lane and was hit by a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado. The reason he crossed into the travel lane is still under investigation.

Before being named head coach of the water ski team in May of 2019, Woodgate was a graduate assistant for the team. He was also a graduate assistant for the kinesiology department and earned a master’s in exercise science in May of this year.