PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (Baseball) – The Shawnee State athletic department is saddened to learn of the loss of a former student-athlete, as Jordan Williams – a baseball player from 2010-2013 – died Friday following complications from a car accident earlier in May.
"Over the course of four years, you are able to really get to know the young men you work with and Jordan was no exception to that fact," head baseball coach Chris Moore said. "He was smart, engaging, driven, and instantly likable amongst his teammates and coaches. Jordan was an integral member of the pitching staff on some of the better teams here at Shawnee State but his lasting mark on all of us is far more reaching than his ability on the field."
On the field, Jordan was a four-year reliever for the Bears, and one of the best to ever take the hill in relief capacity. Jordan still holds the SSU record for most appearances in a career with 112, over 40 more than the next person on the list. He is also seventh in program history in opponent batting average, eighth in ERA and eighth in strikeouts per nine innings.
"As much as any student athlete I have ever coached, Jordan was unique and inquisitive," Moore said. "He wasn't one who would settle for mediocrity and always left an impression upon me that he was ready and willing to be inspired by something not easily grasped by the rest of us as a whole. I feel blessed to say I had a front row seat in watching Jordan grow during his years here, begin his career track, and start his family. I know very few people, especially at that age, who could have handled everything life threw at him with as much grace and success as Jordan by the end of his career."
He is survived by his parents, Jack and Lisa Williams; son, Knox Williams; brother, Ryan M. Williams; girlfriend, Lydia Frost; grandparents, Jack (Cora) Williams, Della Williams, and Arlene Bianco. He is also survived by many friends, teammates and coaches.
A visitation will be held for Jordan on Tuesday at Community Church of Portage Lakes in Akron, Ohio from 4-8 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the same place on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jordan Williams Memorial Fund for the care and education of his son, Knox. Donations can be made at any First Merit Bank in Akron.
"My most sincere thoughts are with Knox and Lydia as well as his parents, for whom I have always had the deepest respect, Jack and Lisa," Moore said. "Speaking for all of us who have known Jordan through our baseball program and athletic department, we will miss our SSU family member and friend and he will not soon be forgotten."