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George Mason Community Mourns Loss of Patrick Sibley

George Mason Community Mourns Loss of Patrick Sibley

FAIRFAX, Va. - The George Mason community is mourning the loss of rising senior Patrick Sibley, a member of the men’s volleyball team, after he died tragically on the morning of Sunday, August 18th in a Metro train-related accident. George Mason Athletics is extending its deepest condolences to the family, friends and teammates of Patrick.

 “The Mason community is deeply saddened to hear of the death of Patrick Sibley,” said Athletic Director Tom O’Connor. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, his friends, teammates, and all who are affected by this tragedy.” 

 “Patrick Sibley was a world-class athlete,” Head Coach Fred Chao said. “In a brief period of time he quickly developed into a dominant volleyball player. However, it was his love for his teammates and friends that shined the brightest. He had a unique ability to pursue his own goals and ambitions while at the same time fiercely support and encourage his teammates. I am honored to have been his coach.”

Sibley joined George Mason in 2012 after playing one season at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn. After sitting out his first season, he had a prolific 2013 campaign in which he earned All-Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) first team honors. Sibley led the team with 77 total blocks and was second in service aces (21). He played in 21 matches, all but two in a starting role. This past season saw Sibley and his older brother, Shaun, play as teammates. He was an integrative studies major with a concentration in advertising.

“Patrick demanded the best of himself in everything he did, and he brought the best out of everyone around him," said David Lucas, a senior on the volleyball team . "Pat’s impact on the volleyball court was unmatched. Yet, his impact in our lives reached far beyond the sport itself. Pat’s laugh was contagious. His smile—which he was rarely seen without—could turn the worst day into a good one. Every single one of his teammates considered him a dear friend. He always put those around him first, and he had a loving heart that will never be equaled nor forgotten.

Our hearts are broken, but our minds are filled with the countless precious memories we shared with our beloved teammate, brother, and friend, Patrick Sibley. We miss him deeply.”

Story courtesy of George Mason