A WALK WITH A HAWK...FEATURING JOSHUA JAMES
Nov. 19, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md.—All college students have to face a crucial factor when deciding what college is right for them. Do I stay close to my roots and attend a college close to home? Do I branch out and explore a new place far away from where I currently live? The right choice can prove vital to a great college career, while the wrong choice can make for a difficult transition into life as a young adult.
Junior University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) baseball player Joshua James (Milford, Del.) chose to stay close to home, and if you ask him, he’ll tell you he made the right decision. “I chose UMES because it’s close to home. I always wanted to play Division I baseball and [coming here] gave my family an opportunity to come watch me play.”
When you talk to Josh, you discover family is an important part of his life. “My biggest motivation is my family”, says Josh, “they have been very successful, and watching them succeed builds more fire in me to succeed as well.” He even gave heroic status to his parents, saying that he is proud that his parents have stayed together for 30 plus years, providing a steady family foundation for him and his older brother. This steady foundation and desire to succeed has translated to success for Josh both on and off the field.
On the Hawk baseball team, Josh starts at second base primarily while playing some outfield as well. He has established himself as a contact hitter while earning 2nd Team All-MEAC (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) for second base. These accolades have been achieved despite injuries that have plagued him since the eighth grade. “I just learned to play through it, and take care of my body more.” Josh’s goal this year is for the Hawks to win the MEAC Championship this season. “We’re working hard right now and I definitely see a difference in this year’s team. I think we owe it to ourselves and the coaching staff to go out and get a ring this year, for us and for the school.”
Even more impressive is Josh’s academic credentials—he graduated high school with a 3.9 GPA and earned an academic scholarship to attend UMES. Josh is currently an exercise science major who would use his college experience towards work as a physical therapist—that is—if he does not make it in professional baseball, wanting to play baseball similar to the styles of legends Rickey Henderson and Pete Rose. He especially would hope to emulate this two greats with his ability to hit. “I don’t back down from any pitcher, and I’m always ready to go in and attack.”
Whatever path Josh ends up taking in life, we know one thing is for certain. His family, the steady foundation he has thrived on, will be beside him every step of the way. After hearing Josh talk about his family, it’s easy to understand why he stayed close to his roots and chose to become a Hawk.