WILLIAMSPORT — A defensive back from Harrisburg who starred in Lock Haven University’s football has died.
Daniel Strawbridge committed suicide about 1:45 a.m. Friday in his apartment near campus, Clinton County Coroner Zack Hanna said Sunday. Neither he nor Lock Haven police would release any other details.
“Daniel Strawbridge was a leader in our program on the field as a three-time all-conference player and the consummate teammate off the field who was a selfless mentor for many of our younger players over the past couple of years,” Lock Haven head coach Dave Taynor said.
“He has been a friend to many, having a profoundly positive and widespread impact throughout our campus community. His smile, personality and competitiveness touched me every day I had the opportunity to coach him.”
Athletic director Tom Gioglio expressed similar sentiments.
“He was an incredible young man who left a positive impact on those whose lives he touched,” he said.
“My thoughts and prayers are with Daniel’s family and the Lock Haven University community during this very difficult time.”
Attempts to learn from university spokeswoman Elizabeth Arnold whether Strawbridge had graduated or still was taking classes were unsuccessful.
Strawbridge was a second team Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference defensive back this past season, recording 31 solo tackles, 20 assisted tackles and two interceptions.
He missed the 2016 season due to an injury. His freshman year in 2013 he had 14 solo and 3 assisted tackles along with two interceptions. His sophomore season he had 81 tackles, of which 60 were solo, and 4 interceptions.
He was credited with 82 tackles in 2015, his junior year, of which 61 were solo. He also had an interception that year.
“Daniel was a great football player for us, but more importantly he was a great young man,” Harrisburg coach Calvin Everett said. “He was always kind, respectful, enthusiastic and always kept a smile on his face.
“He had a fantastic senior year and he was so interchangeable for us. He could play safety or cornerback and he was extremely physical. He was able to showcase what he could do.
“One thing that will always stand out to me about Daniel was our scrimmage against Archbishop Wood a few years ago.
“We were coming off a 1-9 season (2011) and went down there outnumbered, but our guys were not fazed by that.
“On the first play, Daniel made an amazing tackle, flipping over their 250-pound tight end that really gave us a boost. He set the tone right away and we gave them all they could handle that day.
“From that point our kids were just flying around. They believed we could play with one of the state’s best programs. He did things like that and I know it helped propel us to the district final that season.”