A spirited homecoming week just became really somber for USF's athletic department.
Assistant director of communications Mike Radomski, who primarily served as the media liaison for men's basketball but also worked with several other Bulls sports, died shortly after 1 a.m. Thursday in a car accident on Interstate 75 near his Wildwood home. He was 29.
Alcohol was not a factor, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. Mr. Radomski had been working late Wednesday evening at USF preparing materials for the upcoming basketball season.
Mr. Radomski commuted from Wildwood each day so his wife, whom he married two summers ago, could live closer to her own workplace. Christina Radomski is an assistant athletic trainer at the University of Florida.
"Mike served our student-athletes and coaches with distinction and with pride and his loss is devastating for all of us, no more so than for his wife, Christina, and his family and friends," USF athletic director Mark Harlan said in a statement released Thursday by USF.
"Mike's infectious smile and kind heart will never be forgotten by the South Florida family. We will do all that we can to support Christina and their family and our thoughts and prayers are with them."
A New Jersey native and Quinnipiac University alumnus, Mr. Radomski arrived at USF in 2015. He initially worked closely with the baseball team before shifting to men's basketball last season, and also served as media contact for some Olympic sports including track/cross country.
"I am truly at a loss for words. I am heartbroken," Bulls men's basketball coach Brian Gregory said in a released statement.
"Mike had become a member of our basketball family and endeared himself to our student-athletes, coaches and staff, with his honesty, humility, kindness and professionalism. We all lost a friend today and we will do our part to uphold his memory by living lives of virtue and optimism. Our hearts go out to Christina and their family."