SFA Athletics Mourns the Loss of Two Members

NACOGDOCHES, Texas- SFA Athletics is saddened to announce the passing of two student-athletes. Micah Alan McAfoose (August 22, 2004- January 20, 2023) was a former baseball athlete and Graylan Paul Spring (February 10, 2003- January 21, 2023) was a member of the football team.  Both individuals died from injuries suffered in a car accident on Friday, January 20. 

A candlelight vigil has been set for tomorrow night, January 23, at 7:30pm.  The vigil will take place at Homer Bryce Stadium.  All are welcome to attend. 

Statement from SFA Athletics Department:

“The entire SFA family is devastated by the tragic loss of football student-athlete Graylan Spring and baseball student-athlete Micah McAfoose. Graylan and Micah were two special people who meant so much to the Stephen F. Austin, our football and baseball programs and our athletic department.  We ask that everyone keep their families in your prayers during this very difficult time.”

Statement from Lumberjack Head Baseball Coach, Johnny Cardenas:

“Micah was a very special person who always had a smile on his face.  He was one of the most fun-loving kids we have ever had in our program.  He will be missed by our players and staff.”

Statement from Lumberjack Head Football Coach, Colby Carthel:

“Our hearts are broken at the loss of Graylan, and our prayers go out to the amazing Spring family.  What a tremendous loss for those of us fortunate to know Graylan.  He was a true champion, both on and off the field, and his legacy will love on forever within the Lumberjack football program.”

Statement from Athletic Director, Ryan Ivey:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Micah and Graylan.  We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of these two individuals who were full of life and had a bright future in front of them.  We will continue to honor and remember their memory for years to come.  We will continue to work with our medical staff and mental health professionals to ensure that our student-athletes have all of the support that they may need during this difficult time.”

Statement from University President, Steve Westbrook:

“Our entire campus community mourns the loss of these two Lumberjacks.”