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Coach Stricken with Severe Head Pain at Banquet

April 15, 1996

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Jane Albright-Dieterle, who coached the Wisconsin women’s basketball team to NCAA tournament play the past two seasons, was hospitalized after being stricken with severe head pain at the team banquet.

Albright-Dieterle was in fair condition today in the intensive care unit at St. Marys Hospital Medical Center, nursing supervisor Maxine Dwyer said.

Tests revealed some internal bleeding in the brain, but the source of the problem was not immediately determined, neurologist Mary Dominski said.

Dominski estimated Albright-Dieterle would be hospitalized at least a week.

``We are watching her closely and we will repeat the arteriogram in several days to make certain that blood vessels in the brain are normal,″ she said.

The team physician, David Bernhardt, took Albright-Dieterle from Saturday night’s banquet to St. Marys after she experienced a severe headache that persisted through the awards program, said Jeanne Dosch, hospital spokeswoman.

``She was doing fine really, was in a little skit and then she got just a terrible headache,″ Dosch said.

She said Albright-Dieterle became ill and vomited but returned to give out awards until she had to have an assistant coach take over because of the pain.

Dosch said Albright-Dieterle went through several tests.

``When they did the spinal tap it was obvious there was bleeding in her brain,″ Dosch said, but doctors weren’t able to determine the cause.

``They’ve ruled out an aneurism,″ she said, and further tests are planned in coming days.

Dosch said the coach was conscious, talking and joking, though still in pain.

``She has a spirit that just doesn’t quit,″ Dosch said.

Albright-Dieterle, 40, was hired at Wisconsin in May 1994 after compiling a 188-110 record at Northern Illinois. She has a 41-17 record as coach of the Badgers, including a 21-8 mark last season.

Wisconsin has placed third in the Big Ten the past two years and lost each year in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Albright-Dieterle had been mentioned as a candidate to become coach at Florida State, but said April 1 that she had taken her name out of the running for that job and preferred to stay at Wisconsin.

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