11 NCAA Div. III national team championships
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Hometown: Panora, Iowa
High School: Panorama
The atmosphere when I visited Central was different than everywhere else, in a good way. So right away I knew it was right for me.
Best class you ever took and why
The best class I ever took was Adapted PE with Coach Van Kley. He kept us interested and involved and I learned a lot about adapted PE which is something not very many people know about.
Favorite Central memory
My favorite Central memory was winning the Iowa Conference title outright this year in baseball.
My dream job is a high school PE teacher and baseball coach at a high school in central Iowa.
Person past or present you’d like to have lunch with
I would really like to have lunch with Texas Ranger outfielder Josh Hamilton. He is one of my favorite players and I know he would have a lot to share with me.
Why you love Central baseball
I love Central baseball because of the guys on the team. We are a close-knit group that gets along, and since baseball season is so long that is something you don’t always have.
Best part about being a catcher
The best part about being a catcher has to be the fact that I am involved in every pitch and that I am looked to as a leader on the field.
The thing most people don’t know about Coach Adam Stevens
He’s a Cubs fan!
Pre-game ritual or habit
Before every game I have another catcher, Jace Ahrendsen, stretch out my arm. I wouldn’t play catch without having my arm stretched by Jace. I also talk to the starting pitcher for that game to make sure we are on the same page and remind him to have fun, because baseball is after all just a game.
Artist past or present you’d pick to see in concert
I would have to pick Mac Miller.
Teammate most likely to win a six-pack and a pound race
I’m going to have to say Allen Mann. I know he’s a Taco John’s fan.
Find a teaching/coaching job
Greatest baseball player ever
“Hammerin” Hank Aaron
Favorite sports movie
The thing that makes baseball such a great sport
Any team can beat any other team on any given day, and it takes the entire team to win.
The game you’ll never forget playing in
I will never forget the game where we clinched the outright conference title. The feeling that game gave us is something else I will never forget.
Go to an MLB All-Star weekend
Visit another country
Run a marathon
Have a family
Own a Dodge Ram 1500
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