Tragic news out of the athletic department this evening. Nebraska assistant soccer coach Peter Underwood was killed Saturday in a car accident near Atlantic, Iowa while on a recruiting trip. Underwood, 31, leaves behind his wife Austin, daughter Lyla and son Jude.
His biography from the NU athletic department:
Underwood just completed his fourth season with the Nebraska women's soccer program, serving the last two as a full-time coach and the previous two as a volunteer assistant. Underwood helped the Huskers to the Big Ten Conference regular-season and tournament titles in 2013, as Nebraska posted a 19-4-1 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to coming to Nebraska, Underwood spent two years as an assistant coach at the University of Montana and three years as a graduate assistant coach for Marshall‘s men's and women's soccer teams. He earned a Bachelor's of Sports Psychology degree from Concord University in 2006 and earned a Master's degree in Athletic Administration from Marshall in 2008.
A native of London, England, Underwood moved to the United States and played one season of varsity soccer at Concord, before the program was dropped. He immediately embarked on his coaching career, serving as a student assistant coach for the women's program. Underwood earned a Union of European Football Association (UEFA) coaching ‘A' license.
Head soccer coach John Walker added this:
"We lost a terrific man today. He was outstanding in all that he did. He was a wonderful husband to Austin and a terrific father to Lyla and Jude. As a coach, his potential was limitless. His creativity, attention to detail, passion for learning and teaching style was the best I have been around during my years in coaching. He was well beyond his years with his knowledge base and how he saw the game. Lastly he cared so much about the players and their well-being. He had such a positive influence on everyone that he came into contact with. We will miss him greatly."
The following is a statement by Marshall head coach Bob Gray on the passing of former GA (& current @Huskers asst.) Peter Underwood:— Herd Men's Soccer (@HerdMSoccer) May 17, 2015
"We are deeply saddened to hear of the tragic news of Peter’s death. He was a man of great faith, with a beautiful family who will (cont.)— Herd Men's Soccer (@HerdMSoccer) May 17, 2015
be dearly missed by all. He touched many lives & had a terrific career ahead of him. Our deepest condolences go out to his family."— Herd Men's Soccer (@HerdMSoccer) May 17, 2015
Services are pending. Condolences may be sent to the family at: Underwood Family, P.O. Box 880120, One Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE 68588-0120.