STAFFORD, TEXAS – One of the youngest head baseball coaches in the state died suddenly Friday night, according to authorities.
Mike Mesa, 25, collapsed and died during a paintball game with friends.
Mesa was the head baseball coach at Stafford High.
An autopsy is underway to determine what may have caused the young man to suddenly die.
Some of his players decided to take the field at the high school on Saturday even though their season ended last week.
“It’s been a long, long day. That’s all I know, waking up this morning, hearing the news…I was devastated, I didn’t know how to respond to this, but being around my friends and brothers and teammates, it helps.” said one of the players on the field Saturday.
“It really hit me because he gave everybody on this team opportunities. He was just a great mentor, role model. Everybody loved him, he liked everybody. He was a great teacher.” said another player.
We’re told Mesa was engaged and has one child.
He was once a student at Stafford High. After graduating, he played college baseball and had returned to coach at his alma mater. He also teaches Spanish at the high school.
The school district has grief counselors available to students and faculty.
Members of the baseball team will be holding a candlelight vigil Sunday night at 6:30 p.m. on the school’s baseball field.