Bloomfield boys’ basketball coach Kevin Moses, who guided his team to a state championship last winter and was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in September, died Monday night.
His niece, Mahkala Huggins, had started a GoFundMe page to raise money on Sunday for medical expenses and raised $14,500 in less than 24 hours on Monday afternoon.
Huggins wrote on the page: “In September 2022, our jubilant and humorous coach Mo received devastating news – he was diagnosed with stage IV (4) colon cancer. Coach Mo is married to the love of his life, Karen, with whom he shares two beautiful children, Kevin Jr. and Brandi. He has been a mainstay of the Bloomfield community for many years, recently becoming the first black head coach to lead the Bloomfield High School basketball team to a historic state championship victory. Despite news of his diagnosis and treatment, Coach Mo remains positive, spirited and strong.
Moses lived in Bloomfield.
“He’s really a family man,” another niece, Andrea DeLisser, said Monday afternoon. “He’s all about his training and his boys. They are all like an extended family. He intends to fight as hard as he can, given the diagnosis.
Moses, who was also an assistant for the Bloomfield football team, coached his team to a 58-54 victory over Granby in the division. State Championship IV game last March at Mohegan Sun, Bloomfield’s first men’s basketball title since 2008. Many basketball players have also played football, and the title was sweet redemption after Bloomfield lost in the game S-class state football championship in December.
“They came in, they were hungry,” Moses said after the league game. “That loss to Cromwell in football really energized and excited them. They wanted to come to basketball and win the [championship].”
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