On Thursday afternoon, the Voice of the Orange, Matt Park, announced on Twitter that the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team will wear a patch on their jerseys for the rest of the season to remember Jim Boeheim’s longtime administrative assistant, Kelly Seubert.
.@Cuse_MBB will wear this patch the rest of the season, starting Sunday, to honor the memory of Kelly Seubert. Kelly was Coach Boeheim's lead administrative assistant for the past 13 years and a tremendously generous person whose smile has been missed every day. #OrangeNation pic.twitter.com/lvKboFEmk1— Matt Park (@MattPark1) December 28, 2017
Seubert, who passed away earlier this year after a battle with cancer, was Boeheim’s lead administrative assistant for the past 13 years. She was 53 years old.
When Seubert passed back in August, Boeheim called it “the saddest day we’ve ever had.”
“She ran everything here,” the Hall of Famer said. “From the players, to the camps to the coaches to the administrators. She touched everybody in such a positive way.”
Eric Devendorf told Syracuse.com, “she was coach Boeheim’s right-hand woman. She took care of everything on a day-to-day basis. She ran the office.”
When Devendorf came back to Syracuse to finish his degree, he often had his two daughters with him. “I’d have an exam and I’d have my two girls with me,” Eric told Mike Waters. “She would say ‘Just leave the girls with me and I’ll watch them.’”
“She was the sunshine,” former SU assistant Mike Hopkins said. “Regardless of whether there was three feet of snow or three straight losses, you were happy when you saw her.”
It’s a beautiful tribute for someone who touched countless lives through something the entire city of Syracuse rallies around.
Kelly was behind-the-scenes and did more for this program than we’ll ever know. And after hearing and reading stories about her, it sounds like the world could use more Kelly Seuberts in the world.
Boeheim called her “the heart and soul of our basketball program.”
Syracuse will debut the patch on Sunday against Virginia Tech in the ACC opener.