DURHAM, N.C. - The Gallaudet University athletics department has garnered more national recognition this week as nationally renowned Baseball America, a biweekly magazine that covers baseball at every level, features a lengthy article on the Bison baseball program and coach Curtis Pride.
The article written by David Driver is titled "Proud of Pride" and discusses the transformation the Bison baseball program has taken under the direction of Pride, now in his second year at the helm. The lengthy article, a rarity for a NCAA Division III program in Baseball America, shows how Pride balances his family life with his Bison baseball family and how his presence has helped with recruiting at GU.
Here is an excerpt of the article:
"Jeremy Shepps, who is deaf, played high school baseball at Cumberland Valley in Mechanicsburg, Pa. A few weeks after he began classes at Division III Gallaudet in the fall of 2008, the school named Pride, the only deaf player in the modern era of the big leagues, its new head baseball coach.
"I didn't realize how much he means to the deaf community," Gallaudet athletic director Michael Weinstock said through an interpreter, Christopher Bahl. "I got hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of e-mails congratulating me for hiring him as the coach. I think I became the most popular person on campus."
The hiring of Pride, 41, a college basketball standout at William & Mary while playing in the minors, certainly seemed like a slam dunk. Gallaudet is the only college in the world that fields a baseball team of deaf players. Pride, who has been deaf since birth, grew up nearby in Silver Spring, Md., and played in the majors with the Yankees, Red Sox, Angels, Tigers, Expos and Braves."
The entire article can be read online by Baseball America subscribers now on its Web site - www.baseballamerica.com/today/college - or purchase the "Major League Baseball Preview" issue of Baseball America that will be available on newsstands, such as Barnes & Noble and Borders, later this week and next.
Baseball America has been around since February 1981 and is published biweekly. The magazine covers baseball at every level, with an emphasis on finding the best players in high school, college and the minors and tracking their progress. For more information please visit its Web site - www.baseballamerica.com.