Wilton grad Robbie Keers dies unexpectedly
Robbie Keers, a student at UConn and Wilton High School graduate, died Monday, Sept. 28, at Windham Hospital, according to university officials.
He was a senior in the School of Business.
Keers was the fourth UConn student to die unexpectedly since August and state police are conducting an investigation. Three other student deaths resulted from car accidents.
“In the short time since we learned of his death, it has become abundantly clear that Robbie had a wide circle of friends at UConn who are profoundly affected by his passing. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends, both in the UConn community and his hometown of Wilton,” said Stephanie Reitz, a UConn spokesperson.
At Wilton High, Keers lettered in football, lacrosse and track. According to his family, he received the Golden Shovel Award for defensive play and made the All FCIAC Second Team for Defense. He still holds a Wilton High School record for the greatest number of completed touchdown passes.
He also excelled in lacrosse, playing on the 2011 state championship team. His senior year he made All FCIAC First Team, the All State Lacrosse All Star Team, and the All State Lacrosse First Team.
Wilton football coach and physical education teacher Bruce Cunningham said what he remembered most about Keers was “how much he loved to play football. He was a great Warrior — not just a great player but a great person, a great teammate — his passion to play — on the field and off the field. I know I’m going to miss him.”
Keers was a sophomore when he was in Cunningham’s health class. He described him as a “solid student” who became even stronger academically as he pursued his education.
Lacrosse coach John Wiseman described Keers as “an incredibly charismatic young man, a talented athlete. He made everyone on the team smile. He was full of life.
“What I’ve heard from different players and teammates, they’re taken aback,” he continued. “They’re all so young. Robbie was special to them. He was their teammate, they were his.”
Keers first attended Ursinus College where he played varsity lacrosse, Wiseman said. When he transferred to UConn, he played on the club team.
Wiseman said Keers’ teammates have been reaching out to him and each other.
“It’s a fraternity, a lacrosse culture. … They are talking amongst themselves and coming together and healing.”
To read the obituary for Robert Anderson Keers, click here.
Editor's Note: This story was updated to add new material.