WINCHESTER, Va. - We continue our look at the class of 2015 by meeting baseball star JJ McDaniel.
Major: Criminal Justice with a minor in Political Science
Sport Played: Baseball
Why did you choose Shenandoah? I chose Shenandoah because it was the best fit for everything I wanted to continue in my college career. It was close to home so I could still see my family whenever I wanted and it is one of the best teams in all of college baseball. I saw Shenandoah as the best place to continue the next chapter in my life.
Favorite Class and Professor: Political Science Senior Capstone: Dr. Eric Leonard
What do you like most about playing sports at SU? I like most is that all of our sports teams are together and support each other at every sporting event. There is always a good feeling that you and the program you're playing for gets when someone knows and asks you how the team is doing. Being well known in the community and throughout other colleges is best feeling about playing for SU sports you can have.
Favorite thing to do in Winchester: Go to Golds Gym and have a Jail Body day with the boys!
Favorite SU Athletics Memory: Favorite memory would be during my sophomore year when I hit for the cycle against St. Joseph's University in New York. I went 5 for 5 during the game and was possibly the best hitting performance of my life.
What has playing athletics at SU meant to you? Playing athletics/baseball at SU has meant more then just the four years of playing. The team is a fraternity/brotherhood and our bond will continue to last through the rest of our lives. The relationships that I have created with some of the guys will be strong within the next 10 years just as they are now. Some in which will correlate with one another in jobs. Once your part of this fraternity, you never leave and will always be remembered. Because once I graduate I know I will comeback and always support SU athletics.
Post-Graduate Plans: I will apply to local sheriff and state police departments. If accepted i will plan to be with them for a year or two at the most. After getting some experience, I will then apply and join the FBI and work my way up the chain. My overall goal is to work for the Department of Defense just as my sister is currently doing. Hopefully I can work my way up the chain as she did coming out of college.
Nobody knows that I... used to drag race when I was younger! Also, nobody knows that I am addicted to the gym!