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Remebering the Life of Former MU Football Player & Navy Seal Candidate Training

The Monmouth University community remembers the life of Kyle Mullen who tragically passed away at the age of 24 after completing “Hell Week” from the intense Navy Seal Basic Underwater Demolition (BUDS) training in Coronado, California.

He was from nearby Manalapan, NJ and graduated Manalapan High School in 2015.

After high school, he went on to New Haven, Connecticut to attend Yale University. He became a star player for the Bulldogs where he became a second-team All-Ivy League selection in 2017.

Mullen then decided to attend and graduate from Monmouth University in 2019 where he competed for the football team as a defensive lineman. That same year, he helped the team win their first ever Big South Championship and NCAA Playoff game.

Head Coach Kevin Callahan said on Facebook, “We are all saddened by the unfortunate passing of Kyle Mullen. As a member of our 2019 championship team, he will be remembered not just as an excellent player, but also as an excellent person and a great teammate. He was highly motivated on the field, but his maturity, intelligence, and concern for his fellow teammates is what stands out about Kyle.”

Mullen joined the United States Navy in March of 2021. Rear Admiral H.W. Howard III, the commander of

Naval Special Warfare Command in Coronado, California, released a statement offering sympathies to Mullen’s family.

He said, “We are extending every form of support we can to the Mullen family and Kyle’s BUD/S classmates.”

We as the Outlook staff and as a university, will always remember him and honor his brave service to our country.