Pepperdine Mourns Death of
Former Pepperdine standout Patrick Rooney and his
father, Bill, were killed Sunday morning in a plane crash
outside Steamboat Springs, Colo.
The single-engine turboprop left Yampa Valley
Regional Airport but crashed about a mile north of the runway.
Rooney, 26, was a four-year starter at third base
for the Waves from 2002-05. He was an honorable mention freshman
All-American in 2002 and was honorable mention All-West Coast
Conference as a sophomore. He helped lead Pepperdine to a pair
of league titles in 2004 and 2005 and three NCAA Regional
Rooney earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in
advertising from Pepperdine in 2005 and worked in construction
operations for WP Electric & Communications, Inc., based in
Yorba Linda, Calif. His father was president of the company.
Rooney is survived by his wife, Erynn, son, Will,
mother, Debi, and brothers Sean and Colin. Colin recently
transferred to Pepperdine after two seasons at Saddleback