PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – According to Chatham University, 23-year-old Kaitlyn “Katie” Eckelberry, who passed away in a deadly crash over the weekend, worked for the university as a part-time assistant softball coach.

University representatives told KDKA, Eckelberry began her career with Chatham last December. The school released this statement:

“The Chatham community is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Kaitlyn. Our condolences, thought and prayers are with the Eckleberry family.”

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Eckelberry graduated from Gannon University in 2018, majoring in Physician Assisting, according to campus officials.

As a student, she played for the Gannon Women’s Softball team.

In a statement issued by the university, Michelle Wiley, Gannon Softball Coach said:

“She was a perfect example of a successful student-athlete. She was one of the hardest workers that I have ever known both on and off the field. She pushed herself and her teammates to get better every day. When I think of Katie, I always smile because she had such a beautiful soul and such a passion for life and softball. She was an amazing student, teammate, athlete, sister, daughter and most recently coach. She had such a positive impact on everyone she came in contact with.”

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Eckelberry also earned numerous accomplishments including graduating cum laude, being named the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American Scholar-Athlete and receiving the NCAA Division II Athletics Directors Association Academic Achievement Award.

Lisa McGurick, Athletic Director, Gannon University told KDKA, Katie had a passion for making a difference in her community.

“I worked with her as the advisor for our student advisory committee. She was so deeply committed to our efforts for Make-A-Wish,” said McGurick.

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Funeral arrangements have not been announced.