NEAC Student-Athlete Spotlight: Devon Sanders, Penn College

NEAC Student-Athlete Spotlight: Devon Sanders, Penn College

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - Each week throughout the fall semester, the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) will highlight student-athletes from one of the conference's member institutions through a brief Q & A. Female student-athletes will be featured each Thursday followed by a male student-athlete spotlight each Friday. Today, we catch up with Devon Sanders from Penn College.

Name: Devon Sanders
Sport(s): Baseball
Hometown: Bloomsburg, Pa.

What is your current class year and major? 

I am a senior majoring in sport and event management.

Why did you choose to attend Penn College?

I chose to attend Penn College because of the hands-on learning experience in the classroom. Penn College prepares its students for what is to come upon graduation, which shows with a 96% job placement rate. In addition, I chose Penn College because of the opportunity to be a student-athlete at the Division III level. Being a collegiate student-athlete allowed me to make relationships with teammates along with administrators that will last a lifetime.

What does it mean to you to be a member of the Penn College Baseball team?

Being a member of the Penn College Baseball team means so much more that its title. As a member of the baseball team, I was able to impact others in ways of community service, volunteer events, and as a teammate that makes being a student-athlete more special.

If you could pick one favorite moment at Penn College, what would it be?

My favorite moment at Penn College as a student-athlete would be having our Director of Athletics John Vandevere take batting practice and Infield/Outfield with the team during our Blue/White Inter-squad scrimmage.

What are your career aspirations or future goals?

My future goals or career aspirations are to work in athletics. I would like to pursue the career of being a college athletic director or a college baseball coach. With the guidance and internship opportunities that Penn College Athletics administration offered me, this goal is one I want to chase and turn into a career.

Are you involved in additional activities, clubs, etc. on campus outside of athletics?

In addition to athletics, I have also been involved in SAAC for three years. This year I serve as the Vice President.

Give us three words that best describe being a Division III student-athlete. 

Trust the process.

What is your pregame routine? Any superstitions? 

My pregame routine/superstitions consist of eating chicken parm dinner from Joe's the night before every game. On gameday, I show up to the field, put my cleats on exactly ten minutes before we stretch. When we run out to center field I trace the numbers on the wall, with my signature and tap the wall three times. When entering a game from the bullpen, I get my eight warm-up pitches. Then before the first batter steps in, I thank God for giving me the ability and opportunity to play the game. No matter the outcome, I always give glory to God.

Share with us some of your favorites:

Food:  Spaghetti

Professional Team or Player: Philadelphia Philles and Shane Victorino

Movie: Little Big League

Class at Penn College: Statistics with Bryan James

Finally, what makes you #NEACStrong? 

Gameday the DIII Way and its standards of safety, responsiveness, dignity and experience makes me #NEACStrong.

To learn more about Penn College and Wildcats athletics, visit pctwildcats.com.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has 12 NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, College of Saint Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, Morrisville State, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and Wells College. Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (W Lacrosse), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse), Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf), and Wilson College (M Volleyball). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sport of men’s tennis and with the Colonial State Athletic Conference in the sport of Field Hockey. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.