6-foot-11 rising sophomore was traveling home to Indiana
"Words cannot describe the sincere heartache everyone involved with ETSU athletics feels at this time, and our thoughts and prayers go out to Seth's entire family," said ETSU men's basketball head coach Murry Bartow. "For those of us who worked with Seth on a day-to-day basis as part of the men's basketball program here at ETSU, this is devastating news. He was such a great young man with a pleasant personality, a wonderful sense of humor, and a really bright future. He was so well-liked within our team, and it was obvious by the reaction during games last year that he was a fan favorite as well. This is just unbelievably heartbreaking."
Coy, a 6-foot-11 center, joined the ETSU program last season after a high school career that included playing alongside highly-touted North Carolina signee Tyler Zeller. Coy and Zeller won a Class 3A Indiana state championship at Washington High School, where Coy averaged 13.6 points and 9.8 rebounds a game as a senior.
At ETSU, Coy played in 24 games as a true freshman, averaging 10.8 minutes a game, with 2.0 rebounds and 2.9 points a contest. He was expected to battle this preseason for a starting spot in the post during the upcoming 2009-2010 season.
Funeral plans and arrangements are not known at this time. ETSUBucs.com will provide updates when they become available.