WINCHESTER, Va. - Today, we catch up with baseball star Daniel Freshley.
Major(s): Double Major in Business Administration and Political Science
Sport(s) Played: Baseball
Why did you choose Shenandoah? I chose Shenandoah because of a great combination of educational possibilities, distance from home, the baseball program and their recent success, Coach Anderson, and my ability to make a direct impact on the Shenandoah University community and campus immediately.
Favorite Class and Professor: Being a double major, I've taken many classes in both Business and Political Science. I have had many classes I've really enjoyed, but a majority of these classes have been taught by Dr. Eric Leonard. Particularly his U.S. Foreign Policy course and this past semesters History of Western Political Philosophy I course in which we studied philosophers such as Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Augustine, Machiavelli, and several others. I've also really enjoyed several of John Winn's classes in the Business School, such as Business Law, but also a coupe of classes he's taught under the PSCI category like his 295 Topics: American Legal Systems course.
What do you like most about playing sports at SU? At Shenandoah, the coaching staff and other coaches across the board, really stress the need to succeed in the classroom. Although quite honestly, many of us come to college as an athlete first, student second, a lot of us also realize that our opportunity to play the sports we love beyond college is going to be slim to none, and that our education is what is going to allow us to succeed in life. Coach Anderson has done a great job of making sure that the entire baseball team is getting ahead in the classroom and is putting their education before baseball, and without a coach like that and a university that has allowed me to do so much, there is no chance I could manage two majors as well as all the other extracurricular activities I have going on.
Favorite thing to do in Winchester: I'd have to say my favorite thing to do in Winchester is enjoy the downtown walking mall. It's a beautiful, quaint, place that allows you to take in the history of Winchester, while grabbing a bite to eat, a cup of coffee, or a little shopping. Outside of the walking mall though, I am a big time movie fan. On any given night, if I'm not working on homework or something involving the university, you'll most likely find me at Carmike Apple Blossom 12 movie theater or down I-81 at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.
Favorite SU Athletics Memory: Wow. There's been a lot of these so far. I'd have to say my favorite memory so far either came my freshman year in a double header when I made my first collegiate start, or this past regional while playing Birmingham Southern. We were down 4-2 in the 6th inning with two runners on and two outs, I came up to bat against a new pitcher and on the third pitch I hit a double into the left center field wall scoring both runners and tying the game. We went on to win that game 5-4 in extra inning (our first extra inning game of the year) as red shirt senior Vince Claudio threw an 11 inning complete game to get the win in his last collegiate start.
What has playing athletics at SU meant to you? Playing at Shenandoah has brought me a tremendous amount of pride. As coach always says, you come into college having always been the big dog in high school, or on your travel teams, or wherever. And now you're humbled a bit. My freshman year I came in and had the opportunity to battle senior Tucker Brown for a spot behind the plate. Tucker won that job, but through our continuos competition everyday at practice and in IO, it propelled me to be a better player and win the starting job my sophomore and junior year. This is a program that really stands for something. The ground work has been laid by past players many years before that has allowed us to reach national heights like we do now. It's a true fraternity, and something that I always hold deep in my heart.
Post-Graduate Plans: My post graduate plans are pretty complicated. I have several different plans to choose from, but I'm equally excited about all of those. I'm planning to apply to grad school for political science, likely with a concentration in international politics, as well as applying to grad school for business in hopes of achieving my MBA. I am also planning on applying to law school, which has been my life-long dream. Aside from school, I have also considered graduating and beginning work in a field of my interest with hopes that I will be able to develop a successful career path and then return to school at a later date to better focus my graduate degree.
Nobody knows that I... I feel like there's a solid few answers to this question. At this point a lot of people are aware that I've studied abroad, I am a two time member of SU's Student Government Association, but I also have a great passion for photography. My sophomore year of high school I began taking a Photography 1 class as a requirement for art. I immediately loved it and excelled in the class, and rather than taking Photography 2 the following year, I was placed into AP Photography my junior year and was able to build two years of work towards my AP concentration. I passed my AP Photography exam and declared a focus for my work in "high contrast black and white" photos, based off of the great work by my favorite photographer, Ansel Adams. Photography is something I've continued to love, and anytime I get the chance to travel and see new things, or take pictures of my family, friends, or sports, you can find me with my camera.