Wofford basketball player Jeremiah Tate died early Monday after drowning in Lake Wylie, near Charlotte, N.C., where he was serving as a counselor at a YMCA camp. He was 19.
Tate, from Columbia, S.C., would have been a junior this season.
“The entire Wofford College family is devastated and saddened today by the loss of Jeremiah Tate,” said Director of Athletics Richard Johnson on the school’s website. “Jeremiah was such a dedicated, loved and respected member of the men’s basketball team. He had a wonderful personality and had many friends on campus extending outside of the athletic department. Our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences are with his family. He will truly be missed.”
Tate, an accounting major, played in 13 games for the Terriers over his two years. He was one of the 251 nominees for the Allstate Good Works Team.
The men’s basketball team released the following statement: “With deep sadness, we are mourning the loss of Jeremiah Tate. Jeremiah was truly a prominent ambassador for Wofford College and our team. He always thought of others first and was the ultimate teammate. Jeremiah was loved by his teammates and coaches and his positive personality was contagious. He was loved throughout campus and his outlook on life was felt by countless people. He will truly be missed and our deepest condolences are with his family.”
Tate was a graduate of Lower Richland High School in South Carolina, where he was president of the student body and a member of the National Honor Society. In high school, he played basketball for three years and was named an academic all-star. He also ran the hurdles in track, earning all-region and all-district honors. He was all-region and all-district in cross country as well.
He was born Aug. 6, 1995, in Heidelberg, Germany, and is the son of Frank and Carole Tate. The funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET Sunday.
Condolences may be sent to the Tate family at 107 Southdown Drive, Columbia, S.C. 29209.