WINCHESTER, Va. - We continue our look at the Class of 2016 by meeting star baseball pitcher Darrell Thompson.
Major(s): Exercise Science with a minor in biology. Started Master's in Athletic Training program this past summer.
Sport Played: Baseball
Why did you choose Shenandoah? Shenandoah actually wasn't my first school of choice. Since I have lived in the Winchester area my whole life, I wanted to get away for college. After my recruiting visit, Coach Anderson made it clear that he wanted me to come to SU and he stayed in contact after my visit which really made me feel wanted. The pitching staff was also in a rebuilding year, the year I would be coming in, so I knew I would get the chance to start as a freshman which is what every athlete wants. Shenandoah's small class size and the ability to have one on one confrontation with professors was also something I liked about the University during the recruiting phase.
Favorite Class and Professor: MSAT Functional Human Anatomy with Denise Massie. I think the cadaver labs are really cool and being able to see all of the muscles and ligaments on an actual body really helps reinforce where they are located and what they actually look like.
What do you like most about playing sports at SU? The thing that I like most about playing sports at SU is that we are one giant family (21=1). All of the programs wish the best for each other. Then there is the family within the baseball program which will always have a place in my heart. Being a part of the baseball program has helped create life long friendships/brotherhoods.
Favorite thing to do in Winchester: My favorite thing to do in Winchester would have to be golfing at different courses in the area with some of the teammates.
Favorite SU Athletics Memory: My favorite SU memory would have to be striking out the last batter of a complete game in the ODAC Tournament Championship to win Shenandoah's first, but not last, ODAC Tournament Championship.
What has playing athletics at SU meant to you? Playing sports at SU has meant a lot to me. Coach Kevin Anderson has shown how a lot of what we go through in baseball also correlates in real life. Even though we are still college athletes, we are already getting life lessons that we can take with us when we graduate to help us in the real world. My favorite lesson that Coach Anderson has thought me so far is to work hard at all times so when the opportunity arises to do something great you'll be ready to make the most of it.
Post-Graduate Plans: I am already in the Masters Program at Shenandoah University to become an Athletic Trainer. If playing baseball at the next level doesn't happen I will have a great plan B to fall back on that I love to do as well.
Nobody knows that I... have an artistic side which is why I use to want to be an Architect in early high school. I have kept that artistic side and have drawn/designed all of my tattoos.