Midshipman Fourth Class (freshman) Will McKamey, 19, of Knoxville, Tenn., passed away while in a coma Tuesday at University of Maryland’s Baltimore Shock Trauma Unit. The death comes three days after McKamey collapsed during football practice last Saturday. Since then, his family has been at his bedside and supported by his classmates, teammates, coaching staff and Naval Academy leadership.
“We are all so very heartbroken by the death of Midshipman Will McKamey,” said Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Admiral Michael Miller. “This is devastating news for his family, his classmates, his teammates and the entire Naval Academy family. We offer our deepest condolences to Will's family, friends and shipmates in the wake of this tragedy.”
McKamey was an oceanography major at the academy and a member of the 3rd Company. He played slot back on the Navy varsity football team.
“During this most difficult of times, first and foremost, our prayers and thoughts turn to Randy, Kara and their beautiful family,” said Navy Head Football Coach Ken Niumatalolo. “Our deepest and most sincere condolences go out to their entire family and friends. As our Navy football family mourns the loss of one of our brothers, we also celebrate and honor his life. He loved his family, his friends and his teammates.”
The Naval Academy will continue to support Will’s family, friends, and loved ones during this time of grief. Funeral arrangements are pending, and more information will be provided as it becomes available. Grief counseling services and support are available to midshipmen, faculty and staff through chains of command, their chaplains, and the Midshipmen Development Center.