WASHINGTON - Gallaudet University athletics is proud to participate in the sixth annual NCAA Division III Week (April 3-9) in an effort to celebrate the impact athletics and Bison student-athletes have on our campus and surrounding community. GU is joining 450 Division III institutions and 43 conferences in this week's celebration.
To help focus on the many student-athletes that represent Gallaudet athletics we will spotlight two different student-athletes each day of the week. You will learn more about them as they express their feelings on what it is like to be a Division III student-athlete here at Gallaudet. Interviews were conducted by the Gallaudet Sports Information Office.
Senior pitcher Ian Evans (Murphy, N.C.) is currently in his fourth and final season with the baseball team. Evans is expected to graduate in May 2018 with a degree in chemistry and a minor in biology.
In My Own Words: Ian Evans
What is it like to be a student-athlete in college?
IE: Being a student-athlete in college is not an easy life. There will be times it will be tough and there will be times where it’s a walk in the park. It takes intense focus to be able to juggle between having a great performance in the classroom and on the field. The only way to juggle between two lives is to be skilled in time management. Develop a good habit of this skill and you’ll be able to transition easier between the student and athlete life.
What is it like to be a student-athlete at Gallaudet University?
IE: Gallaudet University preaches its athletes balance their life as a student-athlete. Since my freshman year, I was able to balance both lives and I have been successful ever since.
What are your goals after graduation, what do you hope to do in life?
IE: I want to become a physician assistant and work in a hospital saving and improving lives of others. I also hope to coach high school baseball taking everything I learned from my baseball coaches here and use it to teach my players at the high school level. I want to help them develop the skills to become a great ballplayers and maybe even help them get into college baseball.
Can you tell us about what this experience has been like for you and how being a member of the baseball team has influenced and impacted your performance in the classroom?
IE: Not once have I ever regretted playing baseball for Gallaudet University under Coach Pride. I was lucky enough to be recruited by Coach Pride during my senior year of high school. After high school, I was planning on giving up baseball and focusing on going to community college to get my associates degree in nursing so that I could become a nurse. It’s really special to be able play under someone like Coach Pride whose words and lessons in practice can apply to the classroom and to life. For example, he would preach to have a passion in baseball and also in the classroom because it’s a slim chance for any of us to play at the next level but when you get your college degree the door is open wide for more opportunities in life.
Division III Week Fact of the Day
NCAA Division III has added 1,200 teams since 2000
Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Own Words
Saturday: Ian Evans (Men's Baseball) | Ivy Sahneyah (Women's Track and Field)
Friday: Gunner Hahn (Men's Track and Field) | Kristi Luna (Women's Cross Country)
Thursday: Joshua Branscomb (Men's Cross Country) | Courtney Thomas (Softball)
Wednesday: Xuan Lin (Men's Swimming and Diving) | Brynn Schmidt (Women's Volleyball)
Tuesday: Conrad Baer (Mens Soccer) | Faye Frez-Albrecht (Women's Swimming and Diving)
Monday: Cody Crace (Men's Basketball) | Neha Balachandran (Women's Soccer)
About Division III Week
Division III Week is a positive opportunity for all individuals associated with Division III to observe and celebrate the impact of athletics and of student-athletes on campus and the surrounding community. During the week, every Division III school and conference office is encouraged to conduct a type of outreach activity that falls into one of three categories: academic accomplishment; athletic experience; or leadership/community service/campus involvement. For more information log onto http://www.ncaa.org/about/division-iii-week-2017.
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