The Northwestern State Demons have canceled the rest of their 2023 soccer season as a result of latest passing of junior security, Ronnie Caldwell, the varsity announced on Thursday.
Caldwell died from accidents suffered after he was shot a number of occasions throughout the early hours of Thursday, Oct. 12, in line with the Natchitoches Police Division in Natchitoches, La. Caldwell, who hails from Cedar Park, Texas, was 21 years previous.
Northwestern State canceled its sport that was scheduled at Nicholls on Saturday, Oct. 14, however then hosted Southeastern Louisiana 5 days in a while Thursday, Oct. 19. The Demons (0-6) had been scheduled to play at McNeese this Saturday.
“Ronnie was a beloved member of our neighborhood, and we miss him dearly,” mentioned NSU President Dr. Marcus Jones. “Whereas our intuition was to return to the sector of play following his loss of life, we’ve since realized that the harm on our workforce was too deep. Now it’s in one of the best curiosity of our gamers, coaches, and workers to pause and to take this time to mourn, to heal, and to help Ronnie’s household.”
NSU head coach Brad Laird has additionally resigned from his place with the varsity.
“As a result of lack of Ronnie and the emotional burden it has triggered me, I don’t really feel I may give my all to those gamers or this program,” Laird mentioned. “Any coach will inform you that their gamers change into like household, so the lack of Ronnie was like shedding a son. I like this program and this college and I do know it would persevere and transfer ahead with the aggressive spirit that’s on the core of our DNA.”
Caldwell had not but performed this season after struggling an damage in fall camp. Final season, he appeared in all 11 video games and began 10, ending seventh on the workforce in tackles.
“We admire Coach Laird’s long-term funding in Northwestern State soccer. From his undergraduate time as a record-setting quarterback to his yr spent overseeing the college’s alumni workplace to teaching, he has been a significant member of the workforce,” mentioned Director of Athletics Kevin Bostian. “Whereas we’re disenchanted not to have the ability to end the season, we’re assured that higher days lie forward for Northwestern State soccer.”
Assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Weston Glaser will now lead the NSU packages as interim head coach till a brand new head coach is retained.
Along with the McNeese sport this weekend, NSU’s contests at house towards HCU on Nov. 4, on the highway at UIW on Nov. 11, and at house towards Nov. 18 have every been canceled.
The Southland Convention’s Assertion on Northwestern State’s choice to cancel their soccer season this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/3IsDpklo8G
— Southland Convention (@SouthlandSports) October 26, 2023