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Class of 2016 Spotlight - Darrell Thompson

Class of 2016 Spotlight - Darrell Thompson

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.

Five Named All-State
June 10, 2016 Five Named All-State
Vote Now!
June 2, 2016 Vote Now!
Two Named All-America
May 26, 2016 Two Named All-America
Four Grab ABCA Honors
May 24, 2016 Four Grab ABCA Honors
Four Named All-Region
May 23, 2016 Four Named All-Region
Emory Downs Baseball
May 22, 2016 Emory Downs Baseball
Baseball Postponed
May 20, 2016 Baseball Postponed
Baseball Takes on B-SC
May 19, 2016 Baseball Takes on B-SC
Baseball Downs B-SC
May 19, 2016 Baseball Downs B-SC
Baseball Opens Tonight
May 18, 2016 Baseball Opens Tonight
Baseball Gains a Spot
May 10, 2016 Baseball Gains a Spot
Seven Named All-ODAC
April 28, 2016 Seven Named All-ODAC
Baseball Clips Eagles
April 28, 2016 Baseball Clips Eagles
Baseball Wins in Tenth
April 20, 2016 Baseball Wins in Tenth
Baseball Remains Ranked
April 19, 2016 Baseball Remains Ranked
Senior Awards Announced
April 18, 2016 Senior Awards Announced
Frostburg Upends Baseball
April 14, 2016 Frostburg Upends Baseball
Baseball Rallies Again
April 13, 2016 Baseball Rallies Again
Baseball Up One, Down One
April 12, 2016 Baseball Up One, Down One
Baseball Rallies for Win
April 11, 2016 Baseball Rallies for Win
Baseball Swats Wasps
April 10, 2016 Baseball Swats Wasps
Weekend Schedule Changes
April 7, 2016 Weekend Schedule Changes
Baseball Routs Messiah
April 6, 2016 Baseball Routs Messiah
Baseball Rises in Poll
April 5, 2016 Baseball Rises in Poll
Baseball Tops Gallaudet
April 3, 2016 Baseball Tops Gallaudet
Top 10 Clash Saturday
April 1, 2016 Top 10 Clash Saturday
Bridgewater Tops Baseball
March 22, 2016 Bridgewater Tops Baseball
Wilt Named ODAC PoW
March 21, 2016 Wilt Named ODAC PoW
Baseball Sweeps Guilford
March 19, 2016 Baseball Sweeps Guilford
Baseball Tops W&L
March 16, 2016 Baseball Tops W&L
Baseball Postponed
March 14, 2016 Baseball Postponed
Baseball Falls Twice
March 12, 2016 Baseball Falls Twice
Baseball Up Three
March 8, 2016 Baseball Up Three
Coleman Named ODAC PoW
March 7, 2016 Coleman Named ODAC PoW
Baseball Shuts Out CCNY
March 6, 2016 Baseball Shuts Out CCNY
Baseball Up Seven
March 1, 2016 Baseball Up Seven
Baseball Tops Saints
March 1, 2016 Baseball Tops Saints
Anderson Gets 500th Win
February 21, 2016 Anderson Gets 500th Win
Baseball Picked to Win ODAC
February 3, 2016 Baseball Picked to Win ODAC
Baseball Announces Camp Dates
December 22, 2015 Baseball Announces Camp Dates
Baseball to Host ALS Walk
September 22, 2015 Baseball to Host ALS Walk
Baseball Releases Roster
August 26, 2015 Baseball Releases Roster