Former Gannon University softballer Katie Eckelberry passes away

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Former Gannon University (D2) student-athlete Katie Eckelberry passed away on Friday night after injuries suffered in a car accident in Pittsburgh.

Eckelberry was struck head-on while driving late Friday night, and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to various reports. She graduated from Gannon in 2018, and spent four years as part of the Lady Knights’ softball program.

“Katie was such a tremendous individual who was committed to making a positive impact in the community,” Gannon athletic director Lisa Goddard McGuirk said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this difficult time.”

During her softball career at Gannon, Eckelberry was named an NFCA All-American Scholar Athlete and was awarded the NCAA Division II Athletics Directors Association Academic Achievement Award three times. She graduated cum laude in 2018.

In December, Eckelberry had joined the coaching staff at Chatham University as a part-time assistant coach. Funeral services will be held on February 28th in Uniontown, Ohio, her hometown.

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