Former Wando player dies at 21

Stevie Wilson leads the Wando football team onto the field against Goose Creek on Oct. 19, 2012.

Former Wando High School football standout Stevie Wilson, a rising senior at Presybterian College, died Monday.

He was 21.

Wilson was a 2013 graduate of Wando in Mount Pleasant, and played in part of two seasons at Presbyterian before injuries cut short his playing career. Wilson served as a Blue Hose student manager last season, and was set to return in that role next season, PC coach Harold Nichols said.

“Stevie was a tremendous kid and will be sorely missed by his teammates and coaches,” Nichols said Tuesday. “I’m really in a state of shock, to be honest.”

Wilson’s teammates at Presbyterian were informed of his death Monday night in a team meeting, and grief counselors have been made available to students, the school said in a statement.

Wilson, listed at 6-1 and 200 pounds when he signed with PC, played in 10 games as a freshman and one as a sophomore before injuries ended his college career in 2014.

A chemistry major, Wilson was the son of William and Tammi Wilson.

“The entire football program and Presbyterian College is grieving,” said Nichols. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Will and Tammi, Stevie’s parents. It is a trying time for all of us, but our main concern right now is supporting the Wilson family through this difficult grieving process. Stevie was a hard worker, well-respected by his teammates, and coaching staff, and he will be sorely missed.”

Athletic director Brian Reese said Wilson was a “great person and valuable member of the PC community.”

“The athletic department and the entire campus community mourn the loss of Stevie,” said Reese. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

At Wando, Wilson played linebacker and running back, and won the 2012 Ultimate Warrior award as the best athlete on the team. He earned three letters in football, ran track and also won academic awards.

Wando football coach Jimmy Noonan said he spent time with Wilson just last week.

“He was a tremendous young man, a very versatile player and very dedicated and committed,” Noonan said. “He was everything you look for in terms of a kid pouring himself into a program. He loved the game, loved everything about it, loved the camaraderie with teammates.

“He was a quiet guy, but a workhorse in the weight room, the type of kid you build a program around.”

Wilson is survived by his parents and a sister, Varanda.