What were some key reasons you decided to attend Guilford?
I chose to attend Guilford for two reasons. First, I wanted to obtain an education from a well-respected institution that I knew would prepare me for the challenges I would face in my life. Secondly, I wanted to continue my baseball career where I knew I could make an impact as a freshman. My decision to attend Guilford has been one of the most rewarding in my life so far.
What were some factors that helped you realize the success you enjoyed as a student at Guilford?
My success as a student at Guilford was due to my ability to manage my time well, prioritize daily, and communicate well with my professors. I did well in my classes because I had professors who cared deeply about us as students. This was evident from the time I stepped foot on campus as a freshman and remained a constant until the time I walked at graduation. At Guilford, the students and professors are a big family.
What were some factors that helped you realize the success you enjoyed as an athlete at Guilford?
My success as an athlete at Guilford was a direct result of my preparation. In playing a game where so much of the result is beyond your control, I found peace in finding consistency in my training. During my time at Guilford, I was blessed with an incredible group of coaches who pushed me to achieve. Our staff gave me every opportunity to find success, not only on the field but in the classroom and in my life as well. In addition, my teammates were crucial to my success on many levels. Showing up every day playing for the guy next to you added a little extra meaning for me.
What have you been up to since you left Guilford?
After graduation I completed strength and conditioning internships at the University of Kentucky and Wake Forest University, working with their respective baseball programs. I was also fortunate to assist our baseball program at Guilford this past season and handled our strength and conditioning responsibilities. I presently work as a strength and conditioning coach with the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and my girlfriend, Courtney (Lackey ’17). Additionally, being in Arizona, I have been lucky to go on some pretty cool road trips.
How has Guilford prepared you for where you are today?
Guilford prepared me by instilling the importance of hard work and discipline. In my line of work, these two attributes are vital to success. Being surrounded by people who were supportive and truly cared for our success as student-athletes made all the difference in the world. It's true, more can be accomplished by a team than by any individual alone.
What do you miss most about Guilford?
I miss showing up to class or practice every day with my friends. An experience has everything to do with the people, and I was blessed with some amazing friends and teammates who always brought the best of out me. In particular, I miss showing up to McBane Field surrounded by people who all had a common goal in mind...to get the most out of each opportunity we were given.
What are your future plans?
I plan to continue to work in professional baseball as a strength and conditioning coach. My love for the game of baseball continues to grow, and I hope to share that with others no matter where I end up. The Diamondbacks have been great to me, so it is my duty to continue to give to other people.
What is one thing a high school student-athlete considering college needs to know?
Being a student-athlete at the collegiate level is much different than high school. It's tougher. It requires more discipline, time-management skills, hard work, and dedication. It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. It teaches you to grow up, learn from failure, and work as part of something greater than yourself.
Identify and describe one or two of your favorite moments or experiences while at Guilford.
I have two that come to mind.
The first is all of the long bus rides we took as a baseball team. Looking back, this was one of the more valuable times we had to develop and grow as a team. Sitting side by side with a bus full of your best friends going to win a baseball game is at the top of the list for me. While lots of guys used it as a time to catch up on homework or watch a movie, it served as an opportunity to build life-long friendships.
The second is the day I graduated from Guilford. Celebrating four years worth of homework, tests, papers, and everything else that comes along with it was rewarding beyond measure. For me, it was a day I could express gratitude to my professors, coaches, and my parents for believing in me. The people who have supported me over the past five years of my life are the reason I am where I am today. I look forward to what the future holds for my life, but I do know Guilford will always hold a special place in my heart.