Former UMD running back Nate Bauer died Monday, March 23 in a car accident at 26 years old.
Bauer was a four-year letterman with the Bulldog football program and graduated from UMD in 2012 after winning two national championships with the Bulldogs in 2008 and 2010. While with UMD, Bauer amassed 482 rushing yards, 111 carries and three touchdowns.
After graduating with a degree in physical and health education, Bauer was employed with the Menomonie, Wisconsin School District as a physical education teacher.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Bauer family," said UMD football head coach Curt Wiese, who served as the offensive coordinator during Bauer's collegiate playing days. "Nate will be remembered as a tremendous person, student and teammate, and he had a way of making those around him better. He'll be greatly missed and forever a Bulldog."
Funeral mass will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 30 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie. Visitation will be the day before, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie, Wisconsin and an hour before the service Monday.