Lowell Schweigert, former UND Athlete, brother of UND football coach, dies

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (Valley News Live) -- According to a post from family on social media, Lowell Schweigert, a former quarterback and brother to current University of North Dakota Head Football Coach Bubba Schweigert, has died.

Schwiegert passed away suddenly on December 29, according to a release from UND.

A native of Zeeland, N.D., Schweigert, played quarterback for the Fighting Sioux in 1976 and 1977. He also pitched for the school's baseball team.

According to the release, after his playing days, Schweigert spent 14 years as a math teacher at both the junior high and high school levels before taking his current position as a financial advisor for the last 24 years.

He never strayed too far from his true love, however, UND and its athletic teams. Schweigert served for many years as the head of the UND Athletics Booster Board where he often greeted fans, student-athletes, coaches, and opposing staffs with his smile, a quick joke, and a rousing rendition of "Stand Up and Cheer" nearly every Friday at the Athletics Fan Luncheons. Schweigert was also heavily involved as a long-time member on UND's Intercollegiate Athletics Committee.

Current North Dakota Director of Athletics Bill Chaves responded to the post on Twitter saying, "Such a tremendously difficult weekend for our UND Family-Prayers to the Schweigerts - we lost a gem today."

Visitation will be from 6:30-7:30 p.m., with a vigil at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 5, at St. Michael's Church in Grand Forks. Visitation will continue from 9-10 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 6, at the church. Burial will be in the spring in Calvary South Cemetery in Grand Forks. Arrangements by Norman Funeral Home in Grand Forks.