As a long time GA Tech baseball fan, I am enjoying their resurgent effort. The Yellow Jackets are off to a great start in the NCAA Super Regionals in Gainesville, FL with a win yesterday over the College of Charleston. It’s going to be tough to win it all but I like our chances because we have Brandon Thomas.
Brandon is a junior switch hitting outfielder that is leading the Yellow Jackets offensively with a .365 batting average. He was recently honored by being selected for the ACC Baseball All-Conference Team. He is also a projected 2012 top round MLB Draft Selection. If you play baseball at GA Tech, that also means that you have to be a student as well. Brandon excels at that also. He was recently named to the Capital One Academic All-America team maintaining a 3.66 GPA in management.
Brandon has been a client of mine through Diamond Directors since the age of 12. His family has also been a supporter of L.E.A.D. since 2008 while he was a student-athlete at Pace Academy. While in high school, he helped raise over $3,000 that was donated to L.E.A.D. by families at Pace Academy. His family also exposed our Ambassadors to the traditions of GA Tech Baseball by attending their annual preseason banquet.
I remember Brandon speaking to our L.E.A.D. Ambassadors in 2010 about his experience as a freshman at GA Tech. They hung on to every word because he was doing something that they all dreamed of doing. Being a student-athlete is a big deal. One of the Ambassadors that took Brandon’s words of advice as a personal challenge was Desmond Stegall.
Desmond recently completed his freshman year at Grambling State University. He got his first taste of Division I baseball on the field but he is more respected for his 3.86 GPA.
On Friday, June 15th, Desmond Stegall will address a packed crowd of over 150 special guest as we honor our 2012 class of graduating L.E.A.D. Ambassadors at Turner Field’s 755 Club.