SBU mourning the loss of former football player & coach

Bolivar, Mo. – Southwest Baptist University mourns the loss of former SBU Football player Derwyn Lauderdale, who tragically lost his life on Saturday.

“We are stunned by this news,” SBU Director of Athletics Mike Pitts stated. “Derwyn had been a member of the Bearcat Family for nearly a decade and we will miss him. Our hearts, thoughts, and (especially) prayers go out to Derwyn’s family and to the coaches and players of SBU Football.”

Lauderdale was coaching at Fort Bend Travis High School in Richmond, TX and was highly involved in the youth football programs around the area.
From 2010-14 Lauderdale was a member of the SBU Football team. He was one of the best wide receivers ever to play at SBU. Following his playing career, he served as a member of the Bearcats coaching staff during the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

“Words can’t express the loss we’re feeling right now as a Bearcat Family,” said Head Football Coach Robert Clardy. “Derwyn leaves a legacy here that will never be forgotten by his former teammates and coaches. He was a great friend and mentor to all.”

Lauderdale has his name written all over the SBU record books, ranking in the top 10 in five career categories. He ranks third in receptions, third in receptions per game, fifth in receiving yards, seventh in receiving touchdowns, and ninth in yards per catch. He also ranks third in single season receptions, and third in most receptions in a game.
Please keep the Lauderdale family in your prayers.

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