Cal U mourns the loss of Jamain Stephens


Devon Gerena

Cal U defensive lineman Jamain Stephens, a senior business major, died Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. He was 20.

Cal U Sports Information

CALIFORNIA (Sept. 8) – California University of Pennsylvania is saddened to learn of the death of Jamain Stephens, a business administration major and a senior on the football team. Cal U mourns the loss and extends its condolences to his family and friends.

“Jamain was such a wonderful student with a smile on his face every time you saw him,” said Athletic Director Dr. Karen Hjerpe. “His personality was contagious and he made such a positive impact on everyone he met.”

Members of the Counseling Center are available to provide support to Cal U students. Please contact the Student Health Center at (724) 938-4232 and the center will work with counselors to schedule sessions.

Stephens appeared in 32 games for the football team at Cal U from 2017-19.


To all students, faculty and staff,

As our campus community mourns the loss of a promising student, you are invited to attend a virtual memorial for Jamain Stephens, who passed away earlier this week. We will celebrate Jamain’s life beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10.

All members of the Cal U community are welcome to gather on Zoom to honor Jamain, a senior in the business administration program and a member of the Vulcans football team.

We especially welcome our student-athletes, who have been separated from their teammates because in-person athletics competition, practices and training activities have not taken place this semester. Since our University is operating remotely, this virtual gathering will be an opportunity for our Cal U family to come together safely, reflect and remember Jamain.

To join the virtual memorial as an attendee, use this link:

The Cal U football team’s locker room at Adamson Stadium highlighted Jamain Stephen’s locker to be included in a virtual memorial ceremony presented by the University on Thursday, Sept 10. (Jeff Helsel)