University Of Mount Olive Mourns Passing Of Former Baseball Student-Athlete DeAndre Allen

University Of Mount Olive Mourns Passing Of Former Baseball Student-Athlete DeAndre Allen

The University of Mount Olive mourns the passing of former baseball student-athlete DeAndre Allen. Allen passed away over the weekend as a result of a car accident.

Allen was from Madisonville, Tenn. and a two-year member of the Mount Olive baseball team.

"When he stepped into a room it all brightened up. He took so much energy with him everywhere he went. He was a glowing guy that when he stepped into a room everyone stopped what they were doing and listened to him. He was an outstanding baseball player in every way. I think back about all of the times in-between innings when he was out in the infield and DeAndre & [Zak] Orrsion would make a play they would do all sorts of things with their hands and I would bark at them from the dugout to knock off clowning around out there. I look at it now and think what was I doing because a lot of kids do not have fun playing the game today and they did. He was just a good person," said head baseball coach Carl Lancaster. "He had an infectious smile and loved to play the game of baseball."

During his time as a Trojan, Allen was the starting shortstop for UMO. He helped Mount Olive to two Conference Carolinas regular season championships, a Conference Carolinas Tournament championship, and two NCAA DII Southeast regional appearances while having a career batting average of .304 with 58 RBI and 102 hits. The Trojans were ranked as high as No. 3 and No. 2 in Division II in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

DeAndre's arrangements are being handled by Bierelay-Hale Funeral Home in Madisonville Tenn. Sunday, Aug 27, with a family reception from 1-2 p.m. and the funeral will take place at 3 p.m.

A Go Fund me page has been setup in memory of Allen and can be found HERE.