The next couple of months will be among some of the most intense and memorable for Titan baseball player Austin Kingsolver. He is approaching a milestone in his life by earning a degree in business on May 25, and he hopes to end his collegiate baseball career by playing in the College World Series of Omaha.
The Titan baseball team has a 32-5 start and a No. 4 national ranking for the 2013 season. A senior outfielder, Kingsolver’s first career goal is to play professional baseball.
But he knows a career in the big leagues is not guaranteed, which is why he chose CSUF for both its prestigious baseball program and business school. “You can get hurt at any time in your career, and I know that a business degree would be the most beneficial to my life and future,” says Kingsolver.
As the NCAA states, “Student-athletes must … be students first.” And Kingsolver, like all of his teammates, must concentrate on both his studies and his sport. Kingsolver chose to challenge himself and build his own dream by studying business and playing baseball. He believes that all his hard work will pay off in the end.
“It’s tough, because we miss some classes here and there with traveling, and we spend many hours on the field,” says Kingsolver. “So it is tough trying to get your studying in.”
However, Kingsolver has his father to look up to: Kurt Kingsolver helped lead the Titan baseball team to the first of its four national championships in 1979, according to the Daily Titan. Kurt also earned a business degree from Long Beach State.
“My dad definitely steered me in the right direction, but it was also my decision,” says Austin of selecting Mihaylo College.
Austin is busy focusing on completing his degree and ending his baseball career on a high note, so he admits that he really has not put too much thought into what he wants to do in the future, besides hoping to play professionally.
However, with a passion for baseball and the brains for business, Austin knows he will have many career options. He is considering working in the business side of baseball as a general manager for a MLB team.“I would be interested in that with my background in baseball and business,” he says.
“My dad has a friend who works for Nike, so maybe I could work for them and become a sales representative,” adds Austin. “That would be cool.”
During his college career, being a student-athlete has not been a cakewalk, but Austin managed to find the right balance, and managing both paths has burnished his drive to succeed.
“It’s going to be tough, it’s going to be a battle,” he says. “But you just have to accept the challenge.”
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