Questions and Answers: Sean Smith '14
What does it mean to be a student-athlete at Springfield College?
Being a student-athlete at Springfield College means that I am part of one of the greatest things on this campus: sports. It means that I have a great group of teammates who help each other grow on and off the field each day. This school prides itself on its athletic successes and I am proud to be a part of that.
What is your most memorable/impactful experience as a student-athlete?
My most memorable experience as a student-athlete would be my entire sophomore season. Bouncing back from an 11-23 record my freshman season to a 20-15 record was a great accomplishment. One moment that sticks out, in particular, would be sweeping Babson to clinch second in the NEWMAC regular season standings. And who can forget the time I fouled a ball and broke a window in the third floor of Babson Library?
What opportunities have been presented to you because you are a student -athlete that may not be afforded other students?
An opportunity that has been presented to me is our spring break trip south to begin our season. My first two seasons we traveled out to Arizona and the last two years, we’ve traveled to Florida. As a student-athlete, I have access to the athletic training room, varsity weight room, and personalized training programs through our strength and conditioning coach. These training opportunities help me reach my full potential as an athlete.
What does it mean to you attend the same institution as some of your family members?
Attending the same institution as some of my family members is a great feeling. Knowing that I am following in the footsteps of my dad, uncle and grandfather gives me motivation to work even harder to make them proud. It also allows for some friendly competition with my dad, as he relives his "glory" days behind the plate at SC. Although my grandfather passed away when I was baby, it is an honor to pay tribute to my grandfather by wearing his number, 6. I know that I am making my family members proud by continuing the legacy that my grandfather began in the 1950s.
How was being a student-athlete at Springfield College made an impact on you as a person?
It has provided me with a great group of teammates who have become friends. I have learned leadership skills that I use off the fields to better reach my personal and career aspirations.
What does it mean to compete against some of the top teams in the region? In the country?
Competition brings out the best in us. Our coach and our team enjoy competing against the top teams in the country. I always say that you often play to the level of your competition, and the better the competition we have, the better we will play.
As a student from out of region, what’s it mean to travel far from home and attend Springfield College?
It meant a great deal to me to travel from Oklahoma to Springfield College. It has allowed me to grow closer to my extended family, which is from New Hampshire. Although it has affected my dad's ability to watch me play, he is able to watch about third of my season during each spring trip south.
Describe how important it is each season for your team’s preparation and cohesion to travel south each year?
Team preparation and cohesion are the difference between a winning and losing year. We have to be prepared for our spring trip because we play almost a third of our season down south. A strong start is key. Baseball is a team sport. Team cohesion allows us to stay together through the ups and downs of the season.