Kris was a popular figure with the Riders players, and well known to the Riders fans, as he took the team through their warm-ups prior to Riders games.

Kris also worked with Rider’s Loughborough University programme, for the men and women’s teams, as well as Rider’s apprentices in their AASE programme at Charnwood College.

Rider’s Head Coach Rob Paternostro said, “It is an absolute tragedy and we are all devastated, particularly for his family.”

“Kris did a fantastic job with our players last season, he was a valued member of our staff, he was very instrumental in our success on the court but what I will remember most was that he was one of the guys, someone who we all enjoyed being around. We will miss him hugely.”

Rider’s Women’s Coach Matt Harber said, “I can’t even articulate how I feel about Kris’ passing, but all I know is that we were all so fortunate to know Kris and to have the opportunity to work with and get to know him over the past 12 months.”

“He offered so much to our programme and to me personally and he will be truly missed, but never forgotten. I send my condolences to Kris’ family and friends and to anyone who was lucky enough to know him. Kris has made a permanent impact upon our basketball programme and that will live on throughout our team for a long, long time.”

Leicester Riders will be able holding a minute applause of celebration for Kris before the Leicester Riders game VS London Lions on Saturday 13th October.

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