SAN DIEGO - Though most people knew Tony Gwynn as Mr. Padre, at San Diego State University, he’s fondly remembered as Coach Gwynn, where he spent 12 years as head coach of the baseball team.
Gwynn, one of the greatest Major League Baseball players of all time, died Monday at the age of 54 after a long battle with cancer.
The university’s Assistant Athletic Director Bob Moosbrugger told 10News today that Gwynn’s love for his alma mater was undeniable.
"Gwynn could have done other things, but he choose to come back and work with young men and try to get them to the level that he was at," Moosbrugger said.
As news spread on campus of Gwynn’s passing, many talked about the legacy he now leaves behind.
Mike Stafford, SDSU alum, said Gwynn was “(He was) well loved by the community. You mention his name, and you hear people say what a great individual and what a great baseball player."
“He’s a big part of this organization a big part of this," SDSU student Mike Boudinot said. "That's terrible news."
Gwynn missed the second half of the recently completed season while he continued to deal with health problems. He had been on medical leave since March, but signed a one-year extension only Wednesday.