University of Cincinnati announces death of student-athlete from Strongsville

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CINCINNATI, Ohio (WJW) — The University of Cincinnati is mourning the death of a 21-year-old student-athlete from Strongsville.

According to an announcement from the university athletic department, Ally Sidloski passed away on Saturday.


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She was a soccer player who recently completed her sophomore season.

Sidloski also excelled academically. She was named a TopCat scholar in multiple semesters for achieving a 4.0 GPA. 

Ally Sidloski (Courtesy: University of Cincinnati)
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Ally Sidloski (Courtesy: University of Cincinnati)
Ally Sidloski (Courtesy: University of Cincinnati)

The university is sending its support to her loved ones.

Soccer Head Coach Neil Stafford released a statement Sunday night calling Sidloski a “phenomenal human being.” The statement reads:

“I am absolutely crushed for the Sidloski Family, our soccer team and the University. There’s no words for dealing with a tragedy on this scale. Ally was such a pillar of everything that’s right about our program. A great student, gritty and resilient player and a phenomenal human being – this is an immeasurable and unspeakable loss. Our hearts go out to her family and friends and we will lift them up with our fond memories of Ally.”

Soccer Head Coach Neil Stafford

Director of Athletics John Cunningham also released a statement reading:

“Our Bearcats family has suffered an extreme loss. We send all our prayers, love and support to the Sidloski family and will do everything we can to support them and our student-athletes as we all process and work through this tragedy. Please respect the privacy of the Sidloski’s and members of our soccer team as they grieve the loss of their daughter, sister, teammate and friend.”

Director of Athletics John Cunningham


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Sidloski was also a four-year member of the Strongsville High School soccer team and a three-time All-Greater Cleveland Conference selection.

Strongsville soccer released a statement about her passing on social media.

She is survived by her parents and two sisters.

Funeral arrangements are pending. The University of Cincinnati says arrangements will be shared once they become available. 

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