The Winona State community is remembering one of its
22-year-old Shawn Afryl collapsed about 20 minutes
into the team's voluntary workout Monday night.
Coaches say medical staff on site tried C-P-R but
He was only in Winona for a few weeks after transferring
from the University of Illinois.
but his coaches say he'll always be remembered as
News Eight's Kyle Dimke has the story.
Many football players will tell you that when they
step on a football field...they feel at home.
TS: 13- Inside the lines of a football field there's
nobody else there but us.
So it's only fitting that Shawn Afryl was doing what
he loved at the time of his death.
TS: 7- I know he lived
a good life and had good opportunities.
The University of Illinois when they brought him in
as a football player he had a tremendous opportunity
there, he comes here and he gets another tremendous
opportunity so he lived life and it was good, so I
feel in my heart that that's good because even though
he died, he died happy.
Shawn was only on campus for three weeks.
but he was already leaving a good impression on Head
Coach Tom Sawyer and his teammates.
TS: 7- we just didn't get enough of him
Which makes the loss of Shawn even tougher on the
But coach Sawyer says this loss.
will help motivate his team to win.
TS: 9- Our guys will of course have a sad heart, but
as a motivater to say 'Hey we still have a chance,
lets go' and I think that's how the family would want
our guys to do it
CK: 1- these workouts were in accordance with all
our Winona State Universtiy policies as well as NCAA.
The proper staff members were there and have proper
Assistant Athletic Director Chris Kautza says the
news hits hard.
and it's something no university can be prepared for.
Staff is doing all it can to support the student-athletes.
CK: 2- one thing that we wanted to stress to the players
is that we have the resources available to you at
any point never hesitate to go to counseling services
never hesitate to stop in our office and use those
resources that you have
Coach Sawyer says even though Shawn never got to play
a game at Maxwell Field...he'll be on the field with
his team every week.
TS: 12- Even though this tragedy took place on our
field, it's also our field.
So it's OK to go back out there and to one celebrate
the time that we had with Shawn and also bring ourselves
reporting in Winona Kyle Dimke News 8
A fund has been set up by Shawn's family to help with
More than 31-thousand dollars has already been raised.