WINCHESTER, Va. - We continue our look at the Class of 2016 by meeting baseball star Ryan Mossman.
Major: Sport Management
Sport Played: Baseball
Why did you choose Shenandoah? When I first visited Shenandoah I felt the homeyness of the school immediately. I loved that feeling that I wasn't just a number and I was apart of a community. Also, playing for a program with a winning tradition, took academics seriously as well as provided me with an opportunity to grow as a man was important .
Favorite Class and Professor: My two favorite classes have been Sport Sociology and Ethics in Sports which are taught by Dr. Gawrysiak and Dr. Wigley. Dr. Gawrysiak and Dr. Wigley are by far my favorite professors here at Shenandoah. The energy and enthusiasm they bring to work is unmatched and without their encouragement, help and knowledge I would not be in the position I am today with internships and job opportunities. It is professors like them that keep their door open to students to help them with life, classes or just to talk sports that make Shenandoah so unique and special to me.
What do you like most about playing sports at SU? I love the fraternity that I am in with the baseball team. All of the community service we have done around Winchester as well as Coach Anderson's academic standards have helped shape me into the man I have become. He has taught me about how to prioritize my life and motivate myself to reach academic and athletic levels I never thought were possible. The bonds that I have formed here playing baseball will last forever with the memories we have made during our highest moments and biggest struggles.
Favorite thing to do in Winchester: Hang out with Dr. Wigley and Dr. Gawrysiak in their offices talking about the world of sports and who is going to be worse the Braves or Rangers.
Favorite SU Athletics Memory: To be honest my favorite memory hasn't happened yet because we haven't hoisted a national championship trophy in Appleton, Wisconsin. However, to date my favorite memory would be beating Virginia Wesleyan in the ODAC championship. I was able to watch Darrell Thompson pitch on absolute guts and dominate Virginia Wesleyan all 9 innings as well as I had the go ahead hit to win the championship.
What has playing athletics at SU meant to you? Playing at Shenandoah has shaped me into the person I am today. The wealth of knowledge I have gained from Coach Anderson and Coach Cameron is priceless and the friendships I have made are so special to me. I've learned how to prioritize my life, work under pressure, and take critiques well so I can better myself in many phases of life. I can never thank Coach Anderson enough for what he has done for me on and off the field I hope I have become half the man he is and hopefully half the coach he is. It's an incredible feeling when you know your coach has your back and cares so greatly about you not just as a player, but as a person.
Post-Graduate Plans: I want to get into Baseball Analytics so I am going to apply for some baseball operations internships as well as apply to graduate school for a masters in Advanced Statistics or Analytics.
Nobody knows that I... am an absolute baseball nerd. I sit up late studying stats and advanced metrics about players so I can always be one step ahead of everyone else in my field. All of the hours I spend reading and researching has caused all my teammates to stop playing fantasy sports with me because they think I never lose.