A former Loyola men’s volleyball player died after falling from a parking garage Oct. 27, police said.
The Lincoln Police Department (LPD) said Dane Leclair was found dead on the sidewalk around 9:30 a.m. Oct. 27 after falling from the fourth floor of the structure in Lincoln, Nebraska, according to LPD public information officer Angela Sands. Investigators said the fall is believed to be accidental.
Leclair, 22, graduated from Loyola in May 2019 after four years as a setter on the men’s volleyball team. He was pursuing his master’s degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and served as a graduate student manager for the Cornhuskers’ women’s volleyball team.
“We are devastated to learn of the passing of Dane,” Loyola Athletics Director Steve Watson said in a statement. “He was one of the most beloved student-athletes during his time on campus and had a personality that lit up a room. We offer our sincere condolences to his family, friends, former teammates and coaches and ask that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers.”
As a senior setter last year, Leclair set new career highs with 117 kills and 116 digs. He was also known for his fun personality, which he showcased when he filled in as public address announcer during women’s volleyball games.
“Dane personified the very best of what it means to be a Rambler, a student-athlete and a man for others,” Loyola head men’s volleyball coach Mark Hulse said in a statement. “He was an unbelievable teammate, friend and member of the volleyball community. We will all miss him dearly.”