The Miami University athletics department was rocked Tuesday by the death of tennis player Erin Rodriguez.
The school announced Rodriguez, a junior from Highland Beach, Fla., died of natural causes.
“She was kind and compassionate and always worked hard in everything she did,” tennis coach Yana Carollo said in a statement. “Erin was the sunshine of our team. She was funny, intelligent, compassionate and a very kind girl.
“She reminded us about the beauty of life, with good laughs and compassion for each other. She was full of life and was never afraid to speak her mind on anything. Erin Rodriguez will stay in my heart forever. I only regret that I did not have enough time to tell her how much she meant to me and how grateful I was to have known her as a person. We love you Erin and you will remain in our hearts forever.”
Mike Curme, dean of students and associate vice president of student affairs for Miami, said Rodriguez was a political science major, who was also pursuing a minor in business legal studies.
Curme said she was a dean’s list student and a college ambassador for the College of Arts and Science.
“Erin will be missed but lovingly remembered by her family and friends, and the thoughts and prayers of the entire Miami University community are with them. Anyone at Miami who feels a need for support can call the university’s counseling center at 513-529-4634,” said Curme.
According to the school, details on funeral arrangements are still forthcoming.
(Staff Writer Michael Clark contributed to this report).
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