PERU – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced Wednesday that 411 baseball student-athletes have been named 2018 Daktronics-NAIA Baseball Scholar-Athletes. Taylor (Ind.) and William Woods (Mo.) led all institutions with ten individuals on the list.
Four Peru State Bobcat baseball players were recognized. Graduate student Seth Thomason (Holt, Fla.), seniors Gianfranco Garlobo (Carolina, Puerto Rico) and Chaz Dunn (Falls City), and junior Tyler Wheelock (Omaha) earned the 2018 honor. For Thomason and Dunn, this was their second year as a scholar-athlete. Dunn is a senior academically, but a junior eligibility-wise.
This matches the number of players honored last year which was the highest recognized since there were three baseball players recognized in 2000.
Thomason, a designated hitter, was enrolled in the Colleges’ master’s degree program in entrepreneurial and economic development. An outfielder, Garlobo, is an accounting major while, Dunn, an infielder, is a marketing major with a journalism minor. The lone junior, Wheelock, is a K-12 health and physical education major with a coaching endorsement.
In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved junior academic status.
The Bobcat baseball team has now had 35 student-athletes earn this honor since the 1990’s.
Head coach Wayne Albury was pleased to have four student-athletes again recognized. Albury stated, “Having the most student-athletes being named as scholar-athletes for two years in a row in 17 years is a testament to what these four individuals were able to accomplish. The spring baseball season is a grind and you really have to manage your time in order to maintain a high academic standard. My cap is off to these young men.”