PUEBLO, Colo. — The Colorado State University-Pueblo community lost an instrumental member on Friday.
Mike Roumph graduated from CSU-Pueblo in 1990, formerly the University of Southern Colorado. He was a basketball star turned business mogul. They said he was a major donor for Pack Athletics, and a friend to all he came into contact with.
“I don’t know anybody else like this. That was a basketball player in 40’s and decided to take up the sport of wrestling. And not only take up the sport of wrestling, he became very good,” said Dax Charles said the head coach of the CSU-P wrestling team.
According to the university, Mike played a major part in the redevelopment of CSU Pueblo Athletics by serving as Vice President of Friends of Football. FOF raised more than $13 million to bring football back to campus in 2008 and in just seven seasons, the ThunderWolves were crowned NCAA Division II National Champions.
“We were business partners and worked side-by-side for 26 yeas and I can’t remember one argument we had,” said Dan DeRose, the President of DD Marketing and Friends of Football. “That’s the kind of man he was.”
He worked to become a volunteer wrestling coach at CSU-Pueblo.
“He was role model a father figure, my daughters look up to him,” Charles said. “He inspired people.”
Charles said he lived the team motto which was never, never quit.
“Not only did he not quit. He adapted, he learned, through a lot of failures.
That’s what I was trying to convey to his kids, Mike was not afraid to fail,” Charles said. “A lot of people don’t want to take risks, they don’t want to take a chance because they are afraid to fail. Mike’s failed in a lot of things in his life, but he grew from every one of them and became very successful.”
Charles said he was a champion with a big heart and he had every right to brag but chose not to.
“Remember him not just as an assistant wrestling coach — that was a hobby for Mike. Mike was a giver, he was a leader in everything he did. From business to nonprofit to the education system, he was a champion of all causes,” Charles said.
Roumph will leave a lasting legacy which will live on through one final gift, family is asking instead of gifts to donate to the CSU-Pueblo wrestling fund.
“That meant everything to me,” said Charles with an emotional pause. “It was huge, because it will keep us going on.”
“Our entire Department stands in utter shock and sadness over the sudden and untimely passing of Mike,” said CSU Pueblo Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Paul Plinske. “He lived life to the fullest and gave us all so much. This loss impacts more than wrestling. Mike was a supporter of all things Pack Athletics. He was a special person who touched many lives and will be greatly missed.”
Mike leaves behind his children Connor, Max, Chayse Roumph, and his stepson Josh Moser. As well as his brother Eric Roumph (Aimee), sister Diane Roumph both from Denver. As well as his mother Judy Roumph of Sterling, CO. He is also survived by his granddaughter Remi Moser, nephews Alec, Sam and Austin and nieces Olivia, and Tessa.
In lieu of flowers and gifts, contributions may be made to:
Friends of Football
CSUP Wrestling Fund
504 Grand Ave
Pueblo, CO 81003