Mercer mourns the passing of men’s soccer student-athlete Baba Agbaje

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The Mercer University community is mourning the loss of Bears men’s soccer student-athlete Baba Agbaje, who passed away April 10.

“We’re heartbroken over Baba’s passing, and our hearts go out to his family and loved ones,” men’s soccer head coach Brad Ruzzo said. “He was an incredible person who embodied what it means to be a Mercer Bear. Everyone who knew Baba loved him, and he was a blessing to coach. He will be greatly missed.”

“Baba has been a valued member of the Mercer student-athlete community over the last four years,” Athletic Director Jim Cole said. “His coaches and teammates are obviously hurting, and we are focused on providing support to the family and to the team. The entire Mercer family is in mourning. This hurts, but we will lean on each other in the coming days.”

Agbaje joined the men’s soccer program with his brother, Salam Agbaje, in the 2019 season. Baba Agbaje made four starts in 18 appearances for the team. He recorded an assist in his first-ever start against Winthrop in September 2021. He was named to the Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll in the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons.

Prior to coming to Mercer, Baba helped lead McIntosh High School to the 2017 and 2019 Georgia High School Association 5A State Championships and was named the 2019 Fayette County Boy’s Co-Player of the Year by Fayette County News.

“Our hearts go out to the Agbaje family on their tragic loss and ask the Mercer family to keep them in their thoughts and prayers,” Mercer President William D. Underwood said. “Baba was an outstanding student, having been named to the Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll, and was a valued teammate to other members of the soccer team. Words cannot convey the extent of our sadness over Baba’s passing.”

Any student desiring counseling can contact Mercer Police at (478) 301-2970 after hours and ask to speak to a counselor, or contact Counseling and Psychological Services between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at (478) 301-2862.