By Angela Fries
April 4, 2013
Skyler Wool, a senior and number 92 defensive lineman for the football team, died from injuries sustained in a car accident on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Wool was majoring in criminal justice and scheduled to graduate this May. He was a star on the football team and was practicing and preparing for the NFL. Wool had an agent and was determined to make something of his football career.
“He was a great leader but not by what he said,” said head football coach John Allen. “It was by his actions, how hard he worked and the passion he had for football.”
Wool was a 2012 Football Gazette All-Super Region 1 team member, an All-PSAC First Team selection and he was nominated for the Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman of the Year Award in 2011 and 2012.
Wool was old fashioned at heart. He always told his friends that he was born in the wrong time.
“He never wore Under Armour during cold games,” said J.D. Harman, friend and teammate–a junior majoring in criminal justice. “He always wore thermals. He would bring three pairs. One for warm up, one for the first half of the game and the last for the second half.”
Wool studied history in his spare time. He loved everything about it, especially wars.
“He could tell you everything about any war you named. He was a huge history buff,” said Sebasovich. “
He also knew exactly where every country was on a map and the capitals of each of them.”
Some of Wool’s interests included playing video games like Skyrim and Call of Duty, hunting, and of course, football.
Wool was very creative. His friends and family will always remember his storytelling, one-upping, and silly songs.
“He was always creative and elaborate with his words,” said James Goins, friend and teammate, a junior majoring in recreation management. “He told me once he was a black belt in jiu-jitsu and then I found out from his mom that he had only taken it for one year.”
As the university community mourns the loss of a great student, football player, and individual, remembering the values Skyler embraced and upholding them will help to keep his memory alive.
“Lock Haven is a huge family,” said Allen. “It is important to know that when you lose one of your own, it takes something out of you but carrying their strength is the best way to honor them.”
A celebration of Skyler Wool’s life will be held on Saturday, April 6 at the Crossroads Community Church in Jersey Shore, Pa. The visitation hours will be from 1 to 3 p.m. and the service will begin at 3 p.m.
The Crossroads Community Church is located at 1454 State Route Highway 44 in Jersey Shore, Pa. Pastor Jason Borowicz will officiate the service and burial will be private.
As a tribute to Skyler, Lock Haven University Football Team, led by Coach John Allen plan to practice and immediately following the practice proceed together to the memorial celebration.