Oct. 9, 2012
ESPN's Dana O'Neil features a tale of compassion from Richmond men's basketball coach Chris Mooney in helping one of his students through tragedy. Follow the link to ESPN.com for the entire story.
Chris Mooney's immeasurable impact
After family tragedy, student manager leans on the first family of Richmond hoops
By Dana O'Neil | ESPN.com
On the worst day of her life, he offered her his shoulder and his strength, guiding her home to face the grim reality that her beloved father had taken his own life.
He stayed by her through the funeral and the entirety of her senior year, opening up the home he and his wife shared to allow Robyn Jacobs Sordelett a place to live, room to grieve and above all else, a chance to recover and blossom.
And so five years later, on the best day of her life, when Robyn needed someone to walk her down the aisle at her wedding, the former basketball student manager chose the man who had given her solace, peace and support.
She chose Chris Mooney, the Richmond men's coach.
"For me, the biggest thing was that he didn't feel like a replacement," Robyn said. "When he was standing with me, I thought, this is what was meant to be. This man was meant to have this role in my life, to be my protector, my mentor. He does everything for me. There's no one else I would have chosen."
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