Candlelight Vigil For Alex Brack Set For 8 p.m. Monday

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UPDATE: A candlelight vigil will be held at the practice field adjacent to the Varsity Training Center starting Monday at 8 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Florida Institute of Technology is mourning today after the loss of junior Alex Brack, who passed away Sunday evening in a car accident in the Florida panhandle. (Florida Tech images)

Florida Institute of Technology is mourning today after the loss of junior Alex Brack, who passed away Sunday evening in a car accident in the Florida panhandle. Brack is pictured above kicking in a recent Florida Tech football game at Pirate Stadium. (Florida Tech images)

Panther Placekicker Killed In Florida Panhandle Automobile Accident Sunday Evening 

“Our team and program loved Alex’s spirit that he brought to this team every day.”

– Florida Tech Head Coach Steve Englehart

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOUNRE, FLORIDA – Florida Institute of Technology is mourning today after the loss of junior Alex Brack, who passed away Sunday evening in a car accident in the Florida panhandle.

Brack was visiting family and friends in DeFuniak Springs, Florida. He was 21 years old.

Dr. Anthony J. Catanese

Dr. Anthony J. Catanese

“The loss of this young man will be acutely felt by the Florida Tech family,” said President and CEOAnthony J. Catanese.

“His spirit, his energy, his ability to make better those around him were all key components of his character. We grieve with his family, and offer them our heartfelt condolences.”

A junior civil engineering major, Brack was a kicker for three years on the football team. He helped the Panthers defeat Shorter University last Saturday by converting all four of his extra point attempts in the team’s 34-30 win.

He redshirted for the Panthers during their practice season in 2012 and was a member of the inaugural team in 2013. He ended his redshirt freshman season in 2013, finishing 3-for-4 in extra point attempts. This season, he was 7-for-8.

Steve Englehart

Steve Englehart

“Our team and program loved Alex’s spirit that he brought to this team every day,” said head coach Steve Englehart.

“He was a great young man who was going to be very successful in his future. He always had a great attitude whether or not he was the starting kicker. He was very much a part of this team, loved this team and we all loved him. He would do anything possible to help this team be successful.”

The Panthers plan to honor Brack throughout the remainder of the season. The team will wear decals with Brack’s number, 92, on their helmets.

“I hope that every member of our team honors him by really trying to have the same type of attitude and desire Alex demonstrated every day,” Englehart said. “He had a very contagious attitude that we all loved.”

The Panthers have a scheduled off-day today and will resume practice on Tuesday for Saturday’s game at the University of West Georgia.

Funeral arrangements have not been finalized. Florida Tech faculty, staff and students who wish to speak to a counselor may contact the university’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Office at 321-674-8050.


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