WINCHESTER, Va. - We continue our look at the Class of 2016 by meeting baseball standout Ricky Zambrano.
Major: Exercise Science with coaching minor
Sport Played: Baseball
Why did you choose Shenandoah? I chose Shenandoah University because it gave me another chance to play to sport that I love and to expand my education as far as I can. SU has a great Exercise Science program as well as a spontaneous baseball program that loves to win!
Favorite Class and Professor: Sports Nutrition, Dr. Elmore
What do you like most about playing sports at SU? The competition is always there. Either it's playing in the regular season, or outside in the freezing rain playing an inter-squad on the football field. My teammates are always pushing each other to work harder on and off the field. Coming into a new school isn't easy, but my transformation from high school to my freshman year was a lot easier because of the type of teammates I had then and now.
Favorite thing to do in Winchester: Definitely golfing! I may not be the best golfer but I sure love to take some time off and hit the links with some of my teammates.
Favorite SU Athletics Memory: My first varsity appearance, it was against Lynchburg and I was coming in to face a lefty batter. I was so nervous I spiked the first warm-up pitch in the dirt. Once the batter stepped in, I threw a fastball away and the batter popped out to Mikey Paul at 3B. It summed up my freshmen year with one-pitch, one-out appearance!
What has playing athletics at SU meant to you? Being an athlete at SU has taught me a lot of things, the most important one is being organized. Being an student athlete is a hard task to handle for some. Nobody wants to come back to their dorm room after a long day classes/labs and those long practices just to come back to your room and to find out you still have homework left. Being able to balance my time wisely wasn't an easy task to handle but I eventually learned by pushing myself. Another thing about playing athletics here is the traits that I developed over the last three years. From the community services to speaking in an assembly for elementary kids! Giving my time to other people not only makes them feel good, but makes me feel good about myself for helping others.
Post-Graduate Plans: I want to start my way into Athletic Training at the high school level, eventually working my way up to the college level. I want my career to stay within athletics and helping out other athletes is a passion of mine!
Nobody knows that I... started playing baseball as a catcher/third baseman. I threw right-handed for the majority of my playing career because the first glove I had, given to me by one of my teammates', was for a right-handed player. All the way up until my freshman year of high school, I threw right-handed until I started to pitch and play the outfield left-handed. This was came much more natural to me. I stopped throwing right-handed my senior high school when I separated my shoulder playing in a senior vs. faculty basketball game while trying to save a ball from going out of bounds.