ATLANTA, Ga. - In the ASUN Beam Video Series, the conference features student-athletes across the league that have excelled in the classroom and taken a Students First mentality during their time as a student-athlete. Throughout the year, the ASUN will feature two student-athletes from each institution that epitomize the conference's beam of Students First.
North Alabama's Josh Stillman recently earned a spot on the ASUN Conference Baseball All-Academic Team as the senior from Columbus, Miss., owns a 3.93 cumulative GPA majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Professional Management. The honor added to his prior accomplishments of being tabbed a Gulf South Conference Academic Honor Roll member as well as earning UNA Presidential Scholar status during his time in Florence.
"The qualities that he has are his leadership, how hard he works and prepares not only on the field but also in the classroom. Every time you see him, he does everything the right way. He prepares the right way, he does everything the way you are suppose to. We talk always about doing the right thing all the time and he is one of those individual that does do that," UNA Head Coach Mike Keehn said of Stillman. "I just like the way he handles himself. He is very serious when he needs to be, but he also understands how to put things in perspective and he has his life under control at a young age. If I was looking, I would hire him in a heartbeat because he is great guy and prepares himself. I am fortunate to have a guy like him on our baseball team."
"Josh came to UNA with a perfect 4.0 GPA and has maintained that high level. He is obviously an excellent student and as an athlete he has done a tremendous job for our baseball program," stated UNA Assistant AD of Compliance Todd Vardaman. "Anytime our student-athletes can watch and see their peers and how successful they can be that is a great example for them. It is much better than them being lectured to and when they see it in action it hits home more. Josh is a just a tremendous example for all of our student-athletes."
"You really have to stay on top of your academics as well as athletics. There is a lot of time you spend on the field and a lot of time you spend in the classroom so being able to balance those two. Keeping your grades up is just as important as your goals on the field," said Stillman. "Being a student-athlete help prepares you because you learn how to manage your time and manage people. When you get done with baseball you have to move on and go on with your career. On the field, you have to learn how to work with people so those are things that carry on from playing on a team. Taking those aspects on to your career certainly helps."
North Alabama concluded its first season in the ASUN with a winning record at home and earned marquee victories against three NCAA Tournament teams from last season in Jacksonville, Stetson and Ole Miss. Stillman appeared in 19 games including six conference contests as he finished the year with a 3-1 record and 30 strikeouts. He graduated from North Alabama earlier this month after his two years in Florence.
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