For three years, finance major Anthony Diaz has been an outfielder on the USF baseball team, and, this year, the team is well on its way to winning USF’s first Big East Baseball Championship.
Diaz loves sports, but admits that playing Division IA Baseball is the equivalent to having a part-time job. The athletes travel and practice together for 56 regular season games, as well as spend time in the weight room and practice on their own.
Understanding that being a member of the team puts him in the spotlight, Diaz knows he must manage his time well, as student comes first in his role as student-athlete. A finance major who is also studying mass communications, Diaz is focused in the classroom and disciplined when it comes to studying, as evidenced by his 3.93 GPA. He was named a member of the Big East All Academic Team in both 2010 and 2011, and has been on the dean’s list every semester from 2009-2011.
Diaz and his teammates participate in numerous charitable events, including the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event, where the men don women’s heels to raise awareness of domestic violence, and USF’s annual Stampede of Service program. Diaz also works as a camp counselor to young athletes during the baseball program’s summer camps.