A student-athlete from Post University in Waterbury died Thursday night after he collapsed last month during a cross-country meet, according to school officials.
Rob Roman, 20, of New York, was in his second season with the school's cross-country and men's basketball programs and was named the junior varsity men's basketball Most Valuable Player by coaches, according to a release from the athletic department. He was a business administration major.
"Rob was the most genuine person I have ever had the privilege to be around," said basketball coach Justin Bourne. "He was such a great young man. Coaches are not supposed to have favorites, but Rob was my favorite. I cannot begin to explain the impact that Rob had on my life as well as all who knew him."
School officials said Roman died at Thomas Jefferson University hospital in Philadelphia surrounded by friends and family members. He collapsed during a cross-country meet on Sept. 22, however it is unclear in the release what caused him to fall.
"Rob fully encompassed what it meant to be a student-athlete at Post University," cross -country head coach William Ferrare said. "He was a leader, and beyond that a tremendous student, athlete and most importantly a great person who was well-liked by everyone he encountered. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time."
Funeral arrangements have not been made at this time. However, school officials said a memorial service will be held on campus in the near future.
President and CEO of Post University Tom Samph, Ph.D., said in a statement Friday that "the thoughts and prayers of the entire Post University community" are with Roman's family.
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