TYLER LOVE EMPHASIZES THE WORD STUDENT IN STUDENT-ATHLETE
June 6, 2014
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – Eight years ago, former University of Maryland Eastern Shore baseball player, Tyler Love, entered the doors of the William P. Hytche Athletic Center for the first time. Always a gifted student, Love earned several noteworthy academic distinctions and enjoyed three successful seasons on the UMES baseball team. The infielder would go on to graduate Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Technology Education in 2009 and immediately began work in his specialization field.
Fast forward to the present, and we see Love being honored as one of the Graduate Students of the Year at Virginia Polytechnic and State University (Virginia Tech) in Blacksburg, Va. The Palmyra, Pa., native was one of three of 4,600 graduate students presented with the award this past April.
To those that know Love, the award could not be suited for a better individual. This particular award puts the word student in student-athlete and rewards those that have attained a high level of academic success.
His journey through school has seen its share of successes, but it has not come without a degree of difficulty.
It has showcased that the prize is worth the fight.
In 2006, Love transferred to UMES from Coppin State, where he earned a 4.0 GPA and led the Eagles to No. 3 seed in the MEAC Tournament. The decision to come to UMES could not have been any better for the speedy infielder.
“Bottom line – I would not be where I am at today without my experience as a student-athlete at UMES,” said Love. “There are many valuable lessons that I learned during my career there, and I have used them to overcome various challenges throughout my life.”
While at UMES, Love was the Male Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2009 and received three scholarships during his tenure as a Hawk. Love was named to the Golden Key International Honor Society and was on the MEAC Commissioners All-Academic Team all four years. He was awarded the UMES Male Student Athlete Sportsmanship Award and also gave the invocation at the 2008 MEAC Baseball banquet.
On the field, Love started in 112 games for the Hawks and was one of three players to start in all 56 games in 2008. He posted 46 hits in his career as a Hawk. He had two doubles and 40 assists as senior and ended his junior season on a four-game hitting streak. Love played in 32 games as a freshman with 83 plate appearances.
“My experiences as both a student and an athlete at UMES had a significant impact in shaping who I am today,” said Love. “Specifically my involvement with the athletics department, the Honors Program, the School of Education, and the Department of Technology taught me to value diversity while collaborating with individuals from various backgrounds. This skill has been paramount in helping me traverse many contexts as a teacher, coach, and graduate student.”
Love did what many did following graduation from UMES as he used his degree to acquire employment immediately.
He picked up a job teaching technology education and coached high school baseball in Queen Anne’s and Howard county. Love also used the time to complete courses at UMES towards his Masters, before he enrolled at Virginia Tech later that fall.
His time at Va. Tech has helped him iron out several things in the technology education field, as well as give him a push to be more than just your average Joe. He has authored six journal articles and currently has one under review that he wrote with Dr. Thomas Loveland from UMES. Also, Love has made over 10 presentations at conferences all across the glove.
“The program here at Virginia Tech is grooming me to be a higher education administrator or professor of technology and engineering education, hence the push for me to publish in journals and present at various conferences,” said Love.
His journey through school has brought him to where he is now.
The honor that Love attained by Virginia Tech this year was given by Dr. Charles Steger, President of Virginia Tech, on April 12 at the Virginia Tech Alumni Association’s Student Recognition Banquet. The Graduate Student of the Year award is the most prestigious award that Virginia Tech gives to its graduate students. To receive the honor, one must exemplify strong character, service and academic achievements. They must also have outstanding contributions.
As for his future plans?
“Having a terminal degree opens many doors,” said Love. “I think my dream job would be to work as the Director of Academic Support Services for Student Athletes at a Division 1 program. This would allow me to help hard working student athletes be successful both in the classroom and on the field/court, just as others in this position did for me.”
Whatever the future holds for Love, one can assume that he will continue to reach for the stars no matter what obstacles stand before him.
Luckily for Love, he has never fallen short of dreaming big – and achieving big either.
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