This morning it seems appropriate to take some space to mourn the passing of Mizzou pitching coach Brian DeLunas.
DeLunas had just recently joined the Tiger staff after four years of working with various teams in Major League Baseball. He was 46 years old.
“Words cannot describe how heartbroken we are in the loss of our friend, Brian DeLunas,” head coach Steve Bieser said. “In the months since his return to Mizzou, he has made an indelible impact on our team through his love of the game and his players along with his inspirational courage off the field. Brian was a tremendous husband, father, brother and coach, and our hearts go out to Johannah, Rory, Maren and the entire DeLunas family as we ask everyone to keep them in your thoughts and prayers.”
Following the announcement, several of DeLunas’ former employers in MLB acknowledged his passing.
We mourn the passing of Brian DeLunas who passed away last night. Brian served us as a special projects coordinator. Our condolences to his wife Johannah, son Rory, stepdaughter Maren and all of Brian’s family. https://t.co/fzRlC0MC9k— New York Mets (@Mets) January 18, 2022
We are saddened to hear of the passing of former Mariners coach Brian DeLunas.— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) January 17, 2022
We extend our condolences to Brian's wife Johannah, son Rory, stepdaughter Maren, family, friends and all those impacted around the baseball community. pic.twitter.com/cBvVp0mwlH
SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey joined in the chorus of well-wishers, too.
Joining in the condolences and encouragement for @MizzouBaseball and the @Mizzou community following the loss of Coach DeLunas. Our prayers are with his family, friends and everyone who is part of Missouri Baseball. https://t.co/oQAOtVH8Oo— Greg Sankey (@GregSankey) January 17, 2022
The CBC community mourns the passing of former assistant baseball coach Brian DeLunas, who made an indelible impact on the young men who were fortunate to know him and work with him.— CBC High School (@CBCHighSchool) January 17, 2022
Sending love and prayers to Brian’s family and friends. https://t.co/YPQXRlUPkH
DeLunas had an impressive CV during his time in baseball, and this was his second stint as a coach at Mizzou. It’s an incredibly sad loss not just for the Mizzou family, but especially for DeLunas’ family as well. If you feel so compelled, please visit the GoFundMe link in the tweet below. Afterwards, feel free to read this wonderful profile Alexa Philippou wrote on him back in 2018 for the Seattles Times. It’s a great look at his story.
A GoFundMe page has been created to help with funeral expenses and everyday expenses for Brian and his family. Feel free to show support in this way if you feel compelled! https://t.co/K4Ocbjof4I https://t.co/DRSNIYqJp9— Austin Cheeley (@big_cheeeese) January 18, 2022
Yesterday at Rock M
- In which Matt W. hit the tape of Mizzou’s second half collapse against Texas A&M
- In which BK named Ja’Marion Wayne the 2022 football class’s “Diamond in the Rough”
- In which Lauren previewed the Mizzou-Georgia matchup.
- In which Mizzou snagged a commitment from transfer portal OLB Tyrone Hopper
- In which Sam conducted a Study Hall on Saturday’s Texas A&M loss
- Dave Matter previewed Missouri’s trip to Oxford tomorrow night, detailing how Ole Miss’ house has been one “of horrors” for the Tigers.
- Lila Bromberg covered last night’s 72-62 loss to Georgia, the third straight loss for Robin Pingeton’s team.
- Even with the loss, it was a special night for Mizzou Hoops as Aijha Blackwell was officially welcomed into the 1,000 point club!
Before the game, we were able to officially congratulate @AijhaAnniece on joining the 1,000-point club.#OurTownOurTeam pic.twitter.com/lTANqQLV9p— Mizzou Basketball (@MizzouWBB) January 18, 2022
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