Former college soccer player Derrick Otim, who plied his trade at Xavier and several professional soccer teams, has tragically lost his life. He was 24 years old.
According to Xavier Athletic Communications, the former All-Big East midfielder lost his life this past weekend in a swimming accident. In an official statement, Xavier offered their condolences and memorialized him for his accomplishments with the Musketeers.
“Better known to all of us as Del, Derrick exemplified the spirit and hard work of a Xavier student-athlete,” the statement said. “Not only did Del excel on the field of play, but his perseverance through off-the-field challenges demonstrated his character. The entire Xavier family grieves for Del and his family.”
In four years at Xavier, Otim played 70 matches, recording seven goals and nine assists. He earned Third-Team All-Big East honors in 2019.
Otim came to the United States in 2015 after being released from the prestigious Nottingham Forest FC Academy in his native England. While playing for Xavier, he also played for Detroit City FC.