Big Sky Conference

Viking Athletics deeply saddened by the passing of AJ Schlatter


The Portland State Athletics family is deeply saddened to announce the passing of student-athlete AJ Schlatter. A member of the Viking football team, Schlatter passed away on Sunday evening at home due to a complication from a minor throat surgery.
AJ Schlatter

AJ Schlatter

AJ, a native of Canby, OR, epitomized the mission of Viking athletics as an outstanding student and committed athlete in the football program.

“My heart is with the Schlatter family. They are our focus right now,” said Viking Head Coach Bruce Barnum. “We lost a diamond that will never be replaced. He was the definition of what we are about at PSU.”

AJ was a vital part of the Viking football team and just completed his redshirt freshman season. He started 10 games for the Vikings in 2015 making 62 tackles from his linebacker position. AJ was named Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the Week following an outstanding performance in a win over Eastern Washington on Nov. 21. He had 12 tackles, two sacks, intercepted a pass and forced a fumble in the game.

Originally a walk-on at PSU, AJ earned a full scholarship with the program through his hard work and dedication.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Schlatter family with all the compassion and sympathy we can bring to bear during this difficult time.” said Director of Athletics Mark Rountree.

AJ Schlatter dives at an MSU ball carrier/by Brooks Nuanez

AJ Schlatter dives at an MSU ball carrier/by Brooks Nuanez

“Things like this aren’t suppose to happen. We cherish every student’s well-being, and the loss of AJ will be tough on our family. He represented his family and Portland State with passion, courage, and humility that made us all proud. He will be missed.”

AJ and his family were deeply ingrained in Viking Athletics. Mother Terri Jo was a star volleyball player and assistant coach from the early 1980s to the early 1990s and is a member of the PSU Athletics Hall of Fame. Father Jim spent time as an assistant football coach on the Park Blocks during the 1980s. Sister Garyn, a recent graduate, was also a star volleyball player for the Vikings. Sister Kasey played volleyball at Montana State.

The thoughts and prayers of everyone in the Portland State program are with the Schlatter family. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Photos courtesy of PSU Athletics or noted. All Rights Reserved.

Skyline Sports would like to give our condolences to The Schlatter family. AJ was a fierce football player, a walk-on from hometown Portland, with his athletics ability and tenacity is the formula legends are made from. We, along with the rest of the Big Sky Conference, will miss AJ greatly.




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