On Wednesday evening, March 15, a University of the Southwest (USW) van was involved
in a fatal car collision on FM 1788 approximately ½ mile north of SH 115 in Andrews
County. USW Golf Coach Tyler James was driving the van with several young men and
women as passengers. The team was playing in a golf tournament hosted by Midland
College at Ranchland Hills Golf Course in Midland. The accident involved multiple
fatalities, including Coach James. Two of the golf team members were airlifted to
University Medical Center in Lubbock. At this time, it is unclear about the status
of the other students; however, preliminary reports indicate that several were also
“We extend our condolences to the USW family,” MC President Dr. Steve Thomas said.
“This is a devastating loss to that school, and words cannot express how deeply hurt
we feel for their loss. I have ordered the MC flag to fly at half-staff through Friday
to honor the memories of Coach Tyler James and his team.”
Midland College Athletic Director Forrest Allen reported that 11 schools were participating
in this two-day tournament, which included both men’s and women’s teams. Today’s
tournament play has been canceled.
“All of the players and their coaches from the participating schools met together
early this morning,” Allen said. “We were all shocked to learn of this tragedy, and
our thoughts and prayers are with USW as they grieve this terrible loss. I have talked
with USW’s Athletic Director Steve Appel to let him know that all Midland College
athletic team players and coaches are ready to help in any way during this time.”
University of the Southwest is located in Hobbs, NM.