Members of the Clarion wrestling team were informed of Bloom's death on the evening of April 16. Counseling services have been made available to students, faculty and staff.
"The Clarion University family is deeply saddened to learn of the death of junior Shae Bloom," said Clarion President Dr. Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson. "The coaches, faculty, staff and students are supporting one another during this sad time. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time."
"Shae was a talented and hard-working young man who embodied the exceptional spirit of being a student-athlete at Clarion," said Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Wendy Snodgrass. "This is a heartbreaking loss for our community. Our sincere condolences go out to his family, teammates, coaches and fellow student-athletes."
Shae BloomKeith Ferraro, head wrestling coach of the Golden Eagles, described Shae Bloom as "absolutely one of the toughest kids I've ever had the privilege to coach. He set an example for all of his teammates by being ready to stand up to any challenge that came his way. Shae was a part of our family and we are devastated by his loss."
At time of his death, Bloom, a junior business major, was a redshirt sophomore for the Clarion Golden Eagles, having just finished his second year with the wrestling program. In 2018-19, he recorded a 15-6 overall record and a 2-1 record in dual matches before suffering a season-ending injury midway through the year. This past season, still struggling with the previous year's injury, Bloom was 0-3.
Prior to enrolling at Clarion, Shae Bloom compiled a combined 140-21 record at Curwensville High and DuBois High Schools. He was a four-time PIAA (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association) state championships qualifier, placing fifth in his junior and senior years. He was also a four-time district champion and two-time regional champion.
Information regarding memorial services are not available at this time.