BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The Union College community and the Bulldog soccer program is mourning the loss of one of their own as former men's soccer player Thomas Trammell recently passed away.
A 2007 graduate, Trammell died on Sept. 13, five days prior to his 28th birthday.
"I am completely heart-broken," said Union coach Tyler Brock. "He was the cornerstone of our teams during the early years of my career. We loved the kid."
In 2009, Trammell was involved in a vehicular accident in which he suffered massive head and brain trauma. Trammell defied the odds and continually battled. He survived numerous surgeries and being in a coma to the point of beginning to walk again this year.
"Thomas was a tough kid, and his family wants everyone to know how much of a fighter he was after his accident," Brock said. "Doctors said after his eighth surgery that they were in uncharted territory because they had never had someone in his condition to make it this far. Thomas never ceased to amaze with the progress he made.
"In the past few days," Brock continued, "his mom and dad kept telling me that the number of people that loved Thomas and the number of lives he touched and inspired through his struggle and battle is unimaginable."
Trammell was a member of the Bulldogs from 2003-06 seasons, playing as a defender. A two-time All-Appalachian Athletic Conference Team member, Trammell scored the only two goals of his career during his senior season as he finished with two goals and eight assists during his tenure.
Union never won more than five games in a season while Trammell was member of the Bulldogs, but he never stopped caring for the program and longed to see it succeed. A team captain during his senior season, Trammell's support for the team never waned even after his playing days were over.
"He was always calling me and checking to see how the team was doing," said Brock. "He really wanted to see our team win and do well."
A native of Palm Bay, Fla., there will be a memorial service held for Trammell on Saturday, Sept. 29, at Calvary Chapel in Melbourne, Fla. The service will begin at 10 a.m.
To further honor his memory and legacy, Brock announced the Bulldogs' annual season-opening classic will be renamed the Thomas Trammell Memorial Classic. The two-day tournament is normally held the last weekend in August.