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Student-athlete spotlight Gavin Schaefer-Hood '22 | Baseball

  • Name: Gavin Schaefer-Hood
  • Sport: Baseball
  • Event: RHP/UTIL
  • Graduation Year: 2022
  • Major/Minor: Chemistry/History
  • Future Goals: Becoming an Emergency Room Physician

Why did you choose Hamilton?

I chose Hamilton because it was a good distance from home, had outstanding academic and baseball facilities, and I loved the coaches and students I met while visiting.

How is being a student-athlete helpful in life?

I think it helps grow the competitive attitude and teamwork skills which will help you succeed in the professional world after graduating.

How is Hamilton preparing you for the future?

Hamilton has provided me with a great scientific education and has helped me develop communication skills which are crucial for future success. The pre-med advisor Leslie Bell has been a fantastic resource to help me pursue a career in medicine. I am extremely grateful for Hamilton’s approach to financial aid and their support of my unique situation taking a leave of absence to pursue an internship rather than return to school because of the pandemic.

What other activities are you involved in?

I have been a student assistant in the Hamilton athletic training clinic my entire time here. I am also a tutor in the “A Better Chance” program on campus and I am a part of the Hamilton student chapter of the American Chemical Society.

What has been the best part of your Hamilton experience?

The people and the friends I have made here both through baseball and through living on campus.

What is your favorite moment at Hamilton so far?

Doing summer research in the Chemistry department after my freshman and sophomore years while staying in the dorms with some baseball teammates and other Hamilton friends.

What is your most memorable sports moment at Hamilton?

Giving up 8 runs in about 3 innings against Illinois Wesleyan in the very first game of the season my freshman year. Luckily things have gone better since then.

What is your pre-game ritual?

I go through the same warm-up routine before I pitch, and it helps get me physically and mentally locked in and ready to play.

Do you have a Fun story about coaching/training staff?

I would just like to let our wonderful trainer Kara know that Wawa is a gas station and not a place to buy food on our Spring trips to Florida. Also, congratulations to Kara and our former assistant coach Garrett Lamborn on getting married this Summer!

How is adjusting to the “new normal” during workouts, practice, classes, and bEing on campus in general?

I’m actually not on campus this Fall. I took a leave of absence and am working at an internship in a hospital to strengthen my application for medical school.

DID YOU LEARN ANYTHING NEW ABOUT YOURSELF DURING QUARANTINE?

No, just took the dog for a lot of walks.

WHAT DID YOU MISS THE MOST DURING QUARANTINE?

My junior season of baseball…

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CLASS/ WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE PROFESSOR?

I think the entire Chemistry department here is fantastic and I have enjoyed learning in classes with nearly every professor. It’s too difficult to pick one favorite class because I have enjoyed a lot of very different classes in diverse subjects.

If you could play any other sport what would it be?

I would easily pick football, but I think my body type is much better suited for baseball and pitching.

What is your favorite sports team and athlete?

The Boston Red Sox are my favorite sports team and David Ortiz is my all-time favorite athlete.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE OTHER STUDENT-ATHLETES OR INCOMING FIRST YEARS?

Be proactive on your work and enjoy your time here because it goes quickly.