Winston-Salem, N.C. -- Ron Stelzer, pastor and basketball coach of Our Savior New American School in Centereach, paced the carpet of a hospital yesterday, a brown leather Bible with gilt pages in one hand, a cell phone in the other.
was saying, God had a plan in all this.
Surely, the ministry - one that involves a church, a school and missionary trips to France and Africa and the inner cities of America, one in which Stelzer
nationally known basketball team nothing less than a tool to bring players closer to God-had brought them here for a reason.
Here, where his
son Peter, 14, lay in a coma.
And where player Kevin Mormin, a 7-foot-2 junior from France with NBA aspirations, was killed when Stelzer's
22-year-old daughter, driving a van carrying players and supporters, crashed off a rural highway on the way to the Dell Curry Shootout tournament in Charlotte.
"I told the kids," Stelzer
said in the waiting room at North Carolina Baptist Hospital
yesterday, "I said Kevin possibly came to America to reach his dreams of becoming an NBA basketball player.
Asked about his
sense of personal responsibility, Stelzer
said, "Like anything in life, you can think, 'Maybe if I had done this, maybe I could have done that.' I certainly ask those kinds of questions.However, I'm not going to allow just irrational feelings of guilt to come across when you do the best you can. ... Life has its risks."Stelzer
daughter Emily to drive the van because she
is an English teacher at the school and had always proven responsible.She
also had driven the van before and was familiar with it.
was someone I trusted," Stelzer