Gardner-Webb University highlights two outstanding graduating athletes, during the month of April. Scholar-Athletes, Dusty Quattlebaum and Evan Moffitt, will be awarded with their degrees this upcoming spring and summer.
Quattlebaum, a red-shirt senior infielder on Gardner-Webb's baseball team, hails from Boiling Springs, N.C. The transfer from N.C State will graduate from Gardner-Webb in August when he will be awarded his Bachelor of Sports Management. Quattlebaum carries a 4.0 grade point average and will contend again this year for Academic All-America honors.
Moffit, a utility player and standout on GWU's Volleyball from Franklin, N.C, will retrieve her Bachelor of Science diploma in Chemistry upon her graduation in May. Moffit was named the 2011 Big South Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year back in November 2011.
Lindsea Hutchinson, Intern for Sports Information, sits down with the two scholar athletes and converses with them regarding their outstanding credentials on the court, on the field, as well as in the classroom.
LH- As an upcoming Gardner-Webb graduate, what can you say is the best part of being a Runnin' Bulldog, on and off the court and field?
Evan - Off the court, I love Gardner-Webb for being the small school it is, allowing you to have that one on one relationship with your professors and administration. On the court, I love how the community and school embraced and supported the volleyball team this past season. We had the best turnouts this past fall and people did not give up on us.
Dusty- I have been very proud of being a part of the first team to play on the new field. I also have to say that beating UNC is probably the best on the field moment of my career at GWU. Off the field I believe that the small class sizes and professors who know me by name have been the best part. It is nice to see professors you had a year ago who still know your name and ask how things are going.
LH- As a scholar student-athlete what are some necessities to keep up such an outstanding GPA through your college career?
Dusty- I have found that it takes just as hard of work in the classroom as it does on the field to keep my grades up. Sometimes I feel like I work more in the classroom to keep up with the demands of being a student-athlete. There is only so much you can do to your body before it gets too tired to keep going without creating bad habits. However, the brain does not get a break in the life of a student-athlete. We always have to do more work outside of practice.
Evan - For success in school there are two key necessities for me. First, taking advantage of the resources available to you is important; going to the writing center, the math lab, going to your professors, or signing up for tutoring the moment you realize you might struggle with a subject. Second, time management is huge, especially when playing a sport. A large portion of your time is crunched between practice, meetings, traveling, and matches, so it is crucial to be disciplined.
LH-What is your most memorable game during your career, and why?
Evan - Undoubtedly, senior night this past fall when we played Liberty at home. We had never beaten Liberty. We beat them in three sets and it was one of the best feelings I've ever experienced on the volleyball court. The entire team was in the match the whole time, whether they were playing or on the sidelines, the adrenaline was rushing, the excitement and energy was the highest we had played with all year. It being senior night only added to the perks of the win.
LH- You and your team just came off a huge win against #4 North Carolina Tar heels. Tell me a little about your reaction to the excitement?
Dusty- My first reaction was, "This is awesome...but now we have to keep playing this way to keep the respect of everyone else." If you can't continue to play at a high level as a team, then everyone will write the victory off as luck. But, if we can continue to play well, we have made a huge stride in our program in the level of respect people have to give Gardner-Webb baseball when they play us.
LH- What are you planning to do with your Chemistry degree after your May 2012 graduation?
Evan - After graduation this May, I will be attending the Wingate University School of Pharmacy, which is a four-year program. At Wingate I will have the opportunity to explore about every area of the pharmaceutical field. I am keeping my options and outlook for my future in pharmacy open and optimistic.
LH- What are your plans after graduation this summer? Any chance of professional baseball?
Dusty- I graduate in August, due to an internship I have to complete. I plan on continuing my school career at Western Carolina in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. I would love to play baseball for as long as possible. That has always been my ultimate baseball goal. Either way I will be happy in whatever comes my way. The only certain thing in my near future is that I am getting married in September, so it's nice to have one part of my life planned out!
Congratulations and good luck to both Evan and Dusty, as they depart Gardner-Webb and continue on their paths to success!
interview provided by Lindsea Hutchinson