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UNL assistant soccer coach dies following car accident

University of Nebraska assistant soccer coach Peter Underwood died the morning of May 16 when he was involved in a head-on collision with a pick-up truck traveling the wrong way on an Iowa highway.

Underwood is the son-in-law of Bob Clyse, owner of the Bob Clyse Chevrolet-Buick-GMC car dealership in Ironton.

Before beginning at the University of Nebraska, Underwood served as an assistant soccer coach at the University of Montana for two years and a graduate assistant coach for Marshall’s men’s and women’s soccer teams.

“We are deeply saddened to hear of the tragic news of Peter’s death,” Marshall University head men’s soccer coach Bob Gray wrote on the Marshall men’s soccer Twitter account. “He was a man of great faith with a beautiful family who will be dearly missed by all. He touched many lives and had a terrific career ahead of him. Our deepest condolences go out to his family.”

Underwood earned a bachelor’s of sports psychology degree from Concord University in Athens, West Virginia, in 2006 and a master’s degree in athletic administration from Marshall.

He is a native of London before coming to the United States to play soccer for Concord University. Underwood played only one season for the university before the program was dropped. Following that season, Underwood planned to coach and earned a Union of European Football Association (UEFA) coaching ‘A’ license.