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
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
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
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?
- 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.
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?
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?
- 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?
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
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
interview provided by Lindsea Hutchinson