WATERBURY, Conn. – It is will deep sadness that Post announces the loss of men’s cross country and basketball student-athlete Rob Roman, 20, of New York, N.Y., on Friday morning.

Roman was in his second season with the cross country and men’s basketball programs.

“It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of student-athlete Rob Roman, who died at Thomas Jefferson University hospital in Philadelphia this morning after he collapsed on Saturday, Sept. 22, during a cross country meet,” Post University President/CEO Dr. Tom Samph said. “Rob was a business administration major, and a member of the men’s cross country and basketball teams. He was surrounded by his family and the thoughts and prayers of the entire Post University community.”

In addition to his participation with the cross country program, Roman also competed with the basketball program for Post. Following the 2011-12 season, he was named the junior varsity men’s basketball Most Valuable Player by coach Justin Bourne.

“Rob was the most genuine person I have ever had the privilege to be around,” Bourne said. “He was such a great young man. Coaches are not supposed to have favorites, but Rob was my favorite. I cannot begin to explain the impact that Rob had on my life as well as all who knew him.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Rob’s family during this tragic time,” Athletic Director Anthony Fallacaro said.

“Rob fully encompassed what it meant to be a student-athlete at Post University,” cross country head coach William Ferrare said. “He was a leader, and beyond that a tremendous student, athlete and most importantly a great person who was well-liked by everyone he encountered. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.”

Funeral arrangements are not available at this time; however, a memorial service will be held on campus. Details for the memorial service will be released when they are available.