EL Baseball Program Mourns Loss of Longtime Coach

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 1:31 pm
Mark Meyer

Michigan State University Professor of Taxation and longtime East Lansing High School assistant baseball coach Ed Outslay, 67, died Monday after having suffered an apparent heart attack during a pregame workout at MacDonald Middle School.

According to ELHS head coach Mark Pendred, Outslay excused himself from the field because he said he was not feeling well. Outslay sat down in the dugout for a moment before collapsing. Rescue vehicles were summoned to the scene, at which time Pendred said that emergency responders had detected a heart rhythm.

“It was not unusual for Coach (Outslay) to take a breather during BP,” Pendred said. “So I said, go ahead and sit down for a while. We’ll take it from here.

“Next thing I know, he had collapsed.”

Pendred, his coaches and players were notified after the game that Outslay – an East Lansing resident and member of the Whitehills neighborhood – had not survived the heart attack. He had been a member of the high school baseball coaching staff since 1995.

East Lansing varsity baseball coach Mark Pendred throws batting practice
to his team prior to Tuesday's game against Waverly.

According to Trojan JV baseball coach Dennis Petrowitz, Outslay first volunteered to help the baseball program in the spring of 1995 when his oldest son, Mark, was a freshman.

"Ed was invaluable," Pendred said. "He was the type of assistant coach that makes life for the head coach that much easier. We could talk and bounce ideas off one another.

"I really can't believe he's gone. He's thrown batting practice hundreds of times, and yesterday was no different until ..."

Petrowitz traveled with the emergency vehicle to the hospital, and then delivered the crushing news to Pendred after Monday's game against Pewamo-Westphalia.

"One of the worst days, maybe the worst, in East Lansing baseball history," Petrowitz said.

Earlier today East Lansing High School Principal Andy Wells and Athletic Director Nikki Norris issued this statement:

“Dear East Lansing High School Family members: As many of you know, last night we lost a member of our East Lansing Family. Ed Outslay, varsity assistant coach, collapsed at our baseball field while the team was having batting practice in preparation for last night’s game. He was transported to the hospital and passed away during our game.

“We will be meeting with the team today and will have our counselors as well as support from Ele’s Place available to our student athletes and coaches.

“Please keep Coach Outslay and his family in your thoughts.”

The baseball teams from East Lansing and Waverly observed a moment of silence,
in memory of longtime Trojan assistant coach Ed Outslay, before the start of Tuesday's game.

'A Positive Influence for Thousands of Students'

The Broad College of Business posted a news release to its website Monday afternoon, which included highlights from his three decades of teaching and statements from colleagues.

“The faculty, staff and students of the Department of Accounting and Information Systems are so saddened by the loss of our colleague Ed Outslay. He has been a positive influence for thousands of students and a role model for his passion and dedication to education. We lost not only a colleague but a friend, the heart and soul of our department. People like Ed are very rare in life, and he will be missed greatly,” said Chris Hogan, Russell E. Palmer Endowed Professor in Accounting and chair of the department.

Outslay was the co-author of three tax textbooks, testified before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and made presentations to the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service and Office of Tax Analysis. He won numerous awards from the Broad College and MSU, including the Distinguished Faculty Award, Presidential Award for Outstanding Community Service, Withrow Teacher-Scholar Award, Curricular Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Award and department teaching and research awards.

“Words cannot adequately describe all of Professor Outslay’s many contributions to our students, to the academy and to the accounting profession. Ed was a consummate academic. He was passionate about teaching and learning, deeply committed to the students, and immersed in the study of taxation,” said Sanjay Gupta, Eli and Edythe L. Broad Dean of the Broad College of Business. “As one of his doctoral students, I can say that Ed forgot more about his discipline in a day than many of us have learned in a lifetime. He leaves behind a legacy of what it truly means to be a scholar, teacher, mentor, friend and a gentleman. This a great loss for the entire Michigan State University community and especially for all of us in the Broad College.”

Within the accounting profession, Outslay won the American Accounting Association (AAA) lifetime Ray M. Sommerfeld Outstanding Tax Educator Award, the American Taxation Association (ATA) Distinguished Service Award, the ATA Teaching Innovation Award and the MACPA Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award. He also served as president of the ATA and editor of the Journal of the American Tax Association.

Outslay earned the 2017 AAA/J. Michael and Mary Anne Cook/Deloitte Foundation Prize for consistently demonstrating the attributes of a superior teacher in the discipline of accounting at the graduate level. He also received the 2018 ATA/Deloitte Teaching Innovation Award for his innovative teaching techniques, which encouraged critical thinking and enhanced the overall learning experience.

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