Ravens Sprint Football honors assistant coach

by Harrison Berkland
edited by Trent Dunn

The Franklin Pierce Ravens sprint football team honored their assistant coach’s death this past Saturday September 30th by wearing stickers with the letters “NS” placed on the back of their helmets which they will continue to wear for the remainder of the season.

Coach Nicholas Seymour passed away in a fatal two car collision while on his way to practice on Wednesday September 27th.

Sophomore defensive back Matt LoPresti who has played under Seymour for the past two seasons said, “When I found out about coach I couldn’t believe it. It was like all of the air had been taken out of the room. Next thing I knew, Coach Watson asked if we wanted to play the game against Navy and not one person did not want to play. We knew what Seymour would have wanted. We had to play for him.”

Assistant sprint football coach Shawn DeCost spent two years playing under Seymour as well as having coached with him for the past two seasons. DeCost said, “Losing Nick is never going to be easy. However, the support that we have been getting from everybody on campus as well as the community has really been helping the team cope. Athletes lined up at 7:45 in the morning to send our team off to Navy. It was a beautiful thing for the students to show their support.”

The Ravens have four more games remaining on their schedule, including Senior Game on October, 14th against Cornell University.

Senior defensive back Ryan Becerra who has played under Seymour for the past three seasons said, “Senior game is going to be extremely tough without having coach out there with us. It is going to be a really emotional game not only because it is the last time that the senior will play in front of our home crowd but also because I won’t be able to give coach a big hug after the win.”

On top of the Ravens honoring Seymour by playing with his initials on their helmets, on their practice field they have painted “Nick’s Rock” on the front of a big rock so that no matter what, the coach will always be with his team.

Memorial services for Seymour will be held on Thursday, October 12th in Spagnuolo Hall from 7-9 pm.

(Photo: FPU Athletics)

One Response to Ravens Sprint Football honors assistant coach

  1. Harrison, I am so moved by your courageous and inspirational words. Your love for your coach is demonstrated through your article. From many miles away I can feel your teammates pain and struggles. This is truly a tragic loss and for many young men, like my son Demitri this is his first experience with loss. May you and your teammates find comfort in knowing his teachings will forever live within you. I love you kid!!

    Mrs. Lisa Emma Moreno October 9, 2017 at 8:01 pm Reply

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