A 30-year-old high school baseball coach in New Jersey died Monday from the coronavirus after being discharged from the hospital.

News of Ben Luderer's death was shared by Cliffside Park superintendent Michael Romagnino in a letter to families.


Luderer, who was also a middle school special needs teacher, began showing symptoms just days after his wife, Brandy, tested positive for COVID-19 on March 19.

She told BuzzFeed News that her husband went to the hospital for treatment on Friday. He was briefly put on oxygen but was advised to return home in case being admitted to the hospital worsened his condition.

His wife said he had no underlying health issues, and he was sent home with a prescription for medication.

On Sunday, Luderer was feeling a bit better and was able to hold a conversation. But his condition worsened throughout the evening. 

"I went back to see what I could do. I tried as much as I could," his wife told the outlet. "He was sweating through his clothes. He was scared."

Luderer was dead when his wife came to check on him at 6 a.m.

"Ben is a gift that was given to us that we were happy and privileged to have had for 30 years," his father, Bill, told WABC. "He was a wonderful person and connected with everybody that he knew. He had a great sense of humor, he was kind of sarcastic at times, but he was loving and caring."

Luderer was a key member of the 2008 national championship baseball team at Don Bosco Prep that went 33-0. He later went on to play at Marist College in Poughkeepsie.

“He was tough, smart & a great teammate,” the school’s team wrote in a tribute on Twitter. “Went on be a loved teacher & coach! We pray for Ben’s wife and family!”

His death was also mourned by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D), who described Luderer as a coach “whose love of the game pushed his players to new heights.”

“Coronavirus has taken another New Jerseyan from us far too soon. Our hearts are with his loved ones and players, both past & present,” Murphy wrote on Tuesday.