Tyler King

Tyler King

Briefly, what is your background in the sport you play?  

I started playing T-ball when I was four years old and have played it nearly year-round ever since. I’ve had the opportunity to play in some pretty prestigious tournaments and leagues, including the Valley league this past summer.

What is your major in college, and what is the most important thing you learned in that discipline?  

I am a Liberal Arts major and the most important thing I’ve learned is how to think critically and be well-balanced in all aspects of life including academics, athletics and everything else.

What is your favorite spot on campus (and why)? 

My favorite spot on campus is the area in front of Main Hall. While I don’t go there very often, when I am there I can’t help but pause and take in the views of both Buena Vista and the Blue Ridge mountains that surround us. I’m just a sucker for views.

Outside of your home and campus, where is your favorite place to visit?   

Other than being at home, my next favorite place to visit is AT&T Park in San Francisco (where the San Francisco Giants play) because I have so many good memories with my family there. Plus, it is an absolutely beautiful place to watch a baseball game.

Briefly describe the most memorable experience during your collegiate athletic career. 

I remember when we finished our season up in Springfield, Illinois in 2012. I was fresh off my mission and playing ball with my younger brother. I had never given as much of myself to a team as that year. The ups and downs we had as a team and the success I had that season really shaped me into the player I am now. I had never loved a group of guys as much as them and that was the first and only time I have ever gotten emotional on a field. That was also the closest I have ever come to winning a championship.

Name three people, real or fictional, that you'd like to have dinner with?   

I’d love to have dinner with George Washington, Caesar Augustus, and Bruce Wayne. I would want Washington to tell stories of his childhood and all about the American Revolution and the early government. I bet he would have tons of great stories! I’d have Caesar Augustus because, like Washington, he helped found one of the western world’s greatest countries. Both his and Washington’s opinions would be really insightful. I’d have Bruce Wayne there because he’s awesome and I love Batman.

What has been your favorite memory with this year's team?

My favorite memory thus far has been when we swept Penn State-Harrisburg. Everything finally seemed to click for us. We began to see the potential we have. It gave us confidence that we can compete at this level even though we’re so young. On top of it all, I threw my first ever 9-inning complete game and got our school’s first ever conference victory.

As a senior, how do you help the younger players?

I show them how to approach the game and keep it simple. Baseball can be really hard and frustrating if you let it get to you. I try to help them realize what their job is in every situation. You have to know who you are and what you can do in baseball. If you try to do too much, then you will always fail. I do my best to let them know that they are all very good players who belong here. Once they understand who they are as ballplayers, then they can fulfill their potential and surpass it.

What would you like to do for a career?

I’m looking at getting an MBA. Not sure exactly in what specialty yet. I just want to live the American Dream. I want a job where I can make a good living and spend time with my family.