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Teenage son of ex-Elon assistant coach dies

By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

 

The teenage son of a former Elon assistant football coach died during the weekend.

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Damian Wroblewski was assistant head coach and offensive line coach for five seasons from 2014-18 at Elon.

 

Damian Michael Wroblewski, Jr. died Saturday, less than two months before his 16th birthday. He had been diagnosed with a pediatric brain tumor in December 2021 shortly after the end of his school’s cross country season. He’s also survived by his mother, Kara Wroblewski.

Damian Michael Wroblewski, Jr.

The elder Wroblewski was on Elon football staffs under head coaches Rich Skrosky and Curt Cignetti. He then left for the James Madison staff, where Cignetti became the head coach. Wroblewski filled in last December as James Madison’s acting coach for the Armed Forces Bowl, a 31-21 loss to Air Force, before taking a position on Maryland’s staff as offensive line coach.

 

In a tribute posted online by his father, Damian Wroblewski, he recalled about his son, “When asked how he would like to be remembered, he answered: ‘Happy.’ So, when you think of him, smile. He brought joy into this world from the moment he was born. He joked and laughed often.

 

“Throughout his cancer journey, he found smiles and reasons to be happy. When we close our eyes, Kara and I can hear all of his different laughs from a baby to a teen. Junior constantly thought of others saying, ‘maybe this can help another kid in the future’ with regard to his clinical trial treatment and research fundraising. He told other kids with cancer to ‘keep living and have fun no matter what.’ We can all help with raising awareness and funds for pediatric brain tumor research. It needs more. Help a kid if you can. Give whatever you can. That’s what Junior did.

 

“As sad as we are, we are even more proud of our son and how he lived. His faith in Christ Jesus is inspirational, bravely living with faith over fear (Psalm 34:4) and putting all his worries in God because He loves us (1 Peter 5:7).”

 

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