Rollins College Mourns the Loss of Chris Uhle ’15

The recent graduate and former Rollins College basketball player passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, August 19.

(Photo courtesy of Rollins Athletics) (Photo courtesy of Rollins Athletics)

(Photo courtesy of Rollins Athletics) (Photo courtesy of Rollins Athletics) Former Rollins College men’s basketball player Chris Uhle ’15 graduated in May after four standout seasons with the Tars.

A native of Ocala, Florida, Uhle was set to join the Saitama Broncos professional basketball club in Japan later this year. He passed away suddenly while in Atlanta preparing for his professional career.

“Chris was one of the absolute best kids I have ever come across in my 35 years of coaching,” says Rollins Head Coach Tom Klusman ’76 ’78MBA. “My heart goes out to his parents Alisa and Craig and their entire family. This news hit our team very hard, and we are rallying around each other right now. The coaching staff and team are thankful to everyone who has reached out. To say that Chris will be missed is a big understatement.”

Uhle played in all but one game over the last four seasons, which includes 50 starts. He graduated as the Tars’ all-time leader in blocked shots with 150 over the course of his career. In his senior season, he was fourth on the team with 9.5 points a game and second with four rebounds a night. Uhle’s 42 blocks was third in the Sunshine State Conference.

An on-campus vigil will take place in the coming weeks, and we’ll post more information here as it’s available.

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Resources for Students

Any students who needs support or care while they are going through this grieving process can stop by the Dean of Students office located on the second floor of Mills Memorial Hall. Students can also contact 407-646-2345 or care@rollins.edu.

The Wellness Center, located at 118 W Fairbanks Ave., is open and will be available for anyone in need. To schedule an appointment to speak with someone, please call 407-628-6340 or email wellness@rollins.edu.


Remembering Chris


Our deepest condolences to the family of Chris Uhle. My wife and I had the privilege of teaching Chris at The Villages Charter Schools his freshman year. We knew then what a special scholar athlete this young man was, and what a loving family he came from. We followed his career to Rollins College and had the joy of seeing him play there. Knowing him and his family has truly been a blessing.

Keith Baumann

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The biggest and the best... #24. He helped make four years memorable, fun, and exciting. We loved his smile and his basketball skill. Our hearts are forever lit by Chris’ smile and warm heart. Those who played with him, cheered for him, and loved him are better for knowing a gem!

The Schuettes

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Chris had a tremendous impact on me while working at Rollins as an athletic training student intern this past spring. Always kind and humble, he would never hurt anyone, yet was dynamic, impactful, and talented on the court; the single best athlete I have ever met. Never did anyone say a bad word about Chris Uhle, He was respected and loved across campus. Getting to know Chris was a blessing, and the Rollins Community has lost a true shining star. Sending prayers to the Uhle Family, the Tars Men's Basketball Team, and the entire Rollins Community.

Mairin Wood