By Mark F. Gray
AFRO Staff Writer
mgray@afro.com

Jordan Cofield was rising from the shadows as a Morgan State student who was making a name for himself as an athlete last spring.  Now as the university prepares for fall classes Cofield’s memory only remains following a tragic motorcycle accident that claimed his life on Aug. 22.

Cofield was a two sport athlete at Morgan playing football in the fall and running track during the spring.  He was a wide receiver and kick returner who was becoming one of the best specialists in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. However, he was already blossoming into the same caliber of sprinter he was as a state champion in high school.

His mother, Dr. Chere M. Cofield, a contributing writer for the Huffington Post, and owner of Total Harmony Enterprises, made the painful announcement via Facebook in the early hours of the morning of Aug. 23.

Jordan Cofield, a two sport student athlete at Morgan State, died in a motorcycle accident Aug. 22. (Courtesy Photo)

“It’s with extreme sadness and an absolute broken heart that I share the tragic passing of my youngest son Jordan Cofield tonight at the tender age of only 20 years old,” Dr. Cofield posted. “He was in a motorcycle accident on 795 tonight and died on the scene.”

“My heart is extremely heavy and my soul is crushed”.

According to the Maryland State Police preliminary report, around 10 p.m. state troopers were called to the scene of a single vehicle motorcycle collision on northbound I-795 prior to Exit 4 at Owings Mills Blvd.  Their early investigation found that Cofield was riding a black Yamaha R6 and may have been speeding  when he lost control of the motorcycle. The report indicates Cofield “went off the right side of the roadway, and struck the guardrail.  He was pronounced dead on the scene.

At New Town H.S. Cofield won Maryland outdoor championships in the 100 and 200 meters and was a three time champion in the 60 meters indoors. Last January he won the HBCU Battle 100 meter championship in New York City with a time of 6.79 seconds after qualifying fifth.

This is the second consecutive year the New Town community has mourned the loss of an alumnus who lost his life in a vehicle related incident while matriculating at one of Maryland’s HBCUs.  Keshon Nowlin, a student at Bowie St., was killed in a hit and run accident while changing a tire on Hilton Parkway in west Baltimore Aug.10 2019. 

“He had an A-1 personality and was the kind of young man you’d want your son to emulate,” New Town coach and former Morgan State linebacker Lamar West tells the AFRO.  “This is a tough one for his old teammates who can’t process losing another one of their brothers once again for the second time in a a year.”

In 2019 Cofield finished as No. 2  kick returner in the MEAC in averaging 20.4 yards per return. His development was continuing as a receiver and he contributed 10 receptions for 105 yards (10.5 avg) and a touchdown for the Bears Football team.

“It’s a very, very sad day for our football program, we are in shock with the news of Jordan Cofield’s passing,” posted Morgan State head coach Tyrone Wheatley on twitter. “Jordan was a tremendous STUDENT-Athlete, great teammate and will be missed by all.”