The Georgetown Prep community is mourning the death of former two-sport star Michael Boland who passed away recently at the age of 23.
Boland, a football and basketball standout at the North Bethesda private school who earned All-Sentinel honors in both sports, was also once a lacrosse player at Georgetown Prep.
“Michael Jr. was a legend in DC sports as an All-Met football and basketball player. He scored 1,000 more points than Roy Hibbert did at Georgetown Prep. Yet he was humble to the core,” said his father, Michael Sr. in a statement. “He wanted to help build UMass and feels the program will achieve great success if people are patient. Our great sadness is immeasurable but so has been the support of the school. Go UMass!”
In addition to his father, Michael Jr. is survived by his mother, Pamela; brother, Kelsey; and sisters, Brooke and Maggie.
Boland came from a strong Georgetown Prep lineage that also includes his father and brother along with uncles Sean, James, John, Kevin and cousins, Sean and Brian. His late grandfather, Louis J. Boland, Sr., served on Georgetown Prep’s Board of Trustees.
A recent University of Massachusetts-Amherst graduate, Boland earned All-Independent honors last fall for his achievements on the gridiron.
“Michael was a very special person,” UMass head coach Mark Whipple released in a statement. “He was an offensive captain and a role model for the young people on our football team, on the field and in the classroom.”
Former Georgetown Prep basketball standout Taylor Abt described his former teammate as a “great guy” who would go above and beyond the call of duty to help his team win.
“He was the ultimate competitor,” said Abt, who played college basketball at Holy Cross. “He was a great teammate. He would do anything for the team.”