Panther Profiles with PNC Baseball’s #28- Dan Snyder
Dan is a Junior here at Purdue North Central and a pitcher for the PNC baseball team. He comes to us from South Central High School and is a resident of LaPorte, Indiana. I had a chance to sit down and interview Dan on a few topics pertaining to his baseball and academic careers:
- David Sokolowski: What is your Major here at PNC and what are your plans for your future upon graduation?
- Dan Snyder: “I am a Liberal Arts Major here at PNC with a minor in Business and Sports Health. I have definitely had a lot of ideas run through my head about what I’d like to do with my degree, but most likely I will become a personal trainer or possibly start my own business geared around something athletic.”
- DS: What is it like playing for first-year coach Shane Prance?
- Snyder: “It’s definitely interesting! I grew up playing ball with and against him, and now I’m playing ball for him so it takes some getting used to. But he is a really good guy and knows a lot about the game. I can really say he has helped me a lot personally to become a better pitcher.”
- DS: Do you feel that you pitched pretty well in Florida during Spring Training?
- Snyder: “I felt that I did very well in Florida. I have a lot to work on still with getting my breaking ball to work a little better and locate it. Overall though, I can’t be too upset with coming back north with a 2-1 record under my belt.
- DS: What do you feel is the strongest part of the team thus far?
- Snyder: “Honestly, the strongest point has to be our pitching and I’m not just saying that because I’m a pitcher. We throw the ball really well as a staff and pick each other up when one guy has a rough outing. However, our bats are definitely coming around and will be very good once they get into a groove, and as the season goes on our team chemistry just keeps getting better.”
- DS: Do you feel that the PNC Faculty supports our athletic programs enough?
- Snyder: “In the classroom, faculty definitely supports our athletes. When we have scheduling conflicts or need help with anything they are usually very supportive. The attendance at games could definitely improve though, and that can be said for the student body as well with needing to show more support.
- DS: As a kid, who taught you how to pitch?
- Snyder: “My dad, definitely. He has always been a big part of my career. He taught me the basics on pitching and really got me into it, and he continues to be my biggest fan and toughest critic in my college career.”
- DS: What are your thoughts looking forward on the season?
- Snyder: “I think our pitching will stay solid, and our bats are getting better with each game that we play. So looking forward, I think once we hit our stride we are going to be a very tough team to beat throughout the season.”
Dan is a huge part of the PNC Panther’s success on the baseball diamond and is considered by his coaches and peers to be the “ace of the PNC pitching staff”. I think I speak on behalf of everyone on the baseball team, and the coaching staff when I say that Dan is a great teammate and personality to have on the PNC Baseball Team. Good luck to Dan and the Panthers in their pursuit of a winning season this year! Go Panthers!