Vanderbilt Pitcher Donny Everett Tragically Dies In Drowning Accident
Vanderbilt University's athletic department announced the tragic death of 19 year old pitcher Donny Everett this morning.
According to the Tennessean, Everett drowned while swimming at Coffee County Lake yesterday in Manchester, Tenn.
Everett was a freshmen on this year's Commodores team, joining Vanderbilt after ranking as one of the top high school pitcher's in the country last year at Clarksville High. He was named the 2015 Gatorade Tennessee Player of the Year.
He was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers, but wanted to attend college and play for Vanderbilt.
Vanderbilt athletic director David Williams released the following statement this morning:
"We learned last night of the tragic death of Donny Everett, an outstanding young man who exemplified the best of our university. As you can imagine, the team, the athletic department and the university are trying to come to terms with this tragedy. His parents and loved ones are on our minds and in our prayers as we share in their grief.”
Vanderbilt is still currently scheduled to host Xavier tonight at 7pm in the Nashville, Regional. No word has been made yet of a possible rescheduling.
Sadly, Everett is not the first tragic drowning to hit Vanderbilt athletics. Vanderbilt basketball player Dai-Jon Parker drowned in Indianapolis in May of 2015. He was 22 years old.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and loved ones of the deceased.