Name: Dave Verrett
Hometown/High School: Cicero, NY / Cicero-North Syracuse
Major: Management: Sports Management
Plans for next year: Plan on attending graduate school at Keuka College to pursue my Master's Degree in Business Management as well as playing my last year of eligibility in baseball. Also currently looking into any available graduate assistant positions.
Career goal: Work in the front office of a professional sports organization
Favorite memory with the team: Winning the regular season conference championship during my junior season in 2019.
Other activities at Keuka College: Sigma Alpha Pi, Sigma Beta Delta, and NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee member
What advice would give to freshmen on the team: Don't take anything in life for granted, especially baseball. You never know when the last time you will get to put on a jersey, take infield/outfield, step in the batter's box, or make that game-winning hit, pitch, or out. There are a lot of players out there that would love to be in the position you are as college baseball players. Make sure you work hard on and off the field and listen to the coaching staff. Be ready for when your opportunity arises because coach will give you your shot. You have to be physically and mentally ready for when that moment comes.
What would you tell someone looking at coming to Keuka College to play baseball: Honestly, when I was recruited by Keuka College I initially felt that the baseball program was "second-rate" compared to other schools in the state, but I was wrong. I made the choice to come to Keuka because I knew I was going to get the opportunity to play during my four years here. Coach Ferchen is highly respected in college baseball and gives everybody an opportunity to prove themselves. The school's baseball program has come a long way from where they once were. Keuka is now on another competitive level. We used to set goals to make conference playoffs and now that goal is expected to be accomplished every year. Now the direction of the program is to win conference playoffs and make the NCAA tournament on a yearly-basis. There are a lot of good ball players at Keuka so there is a lot of competition when it comes to earning a spot on the team. Just because you are recruited doesn't mean you automatically make the team, you still have to work hard and show why you deserve that roster spot. We have been so close in achieving our NCAA tournament goal the past four years that it's only a matter of time when it comes true. The transition to the Empire 8 also presents a lot more opportunities for the incoming recruits in the years to come.
What does it mean to be a part of the #KCFamily: #KCFamily is something that will be most memorable from my college experience. Coming from a high school that had more students than Keuka was definitely an odd transition for me. However, Keuka provided a sense of community that I didn't really get to experience in high school. It is amazing to see the love and support from your fellow classmates, faculty, and coaches during and after your time at school. Many of the people I've met along the way I consider to be my closest friends/friends for life. Everyone (current students and alumni) who is apart of the #KCFamily has each other's back. I feel honored to be a member of the #KCFamily and will be apart of it for life!
From Coach Ferchen: A pleasure to have on the team. A true leader on and off the field and a great example on how to handle yourself as a student athlete. A very good 2-way player. Solidified 1B during his 4 years and was that closer on the mound that you could trust to finish games. Holds school record for single season and career saves. He is a true competitor and well respected and is a class act as a person. Will miss him.
A message from Dave: I would personally like to thank my Mom and Dad for everything they have done for me throughout my life. I feel that their guidance and the way that they have brought me up will allow me to become successful in life. My Dad was the one who introduced me to baseball and was the one who was always at the cage with me for countless hours helping me become the ballplayer I am today. I would also like to personally thank Coach Ferchen for giving me the opportunity to play college baseball. As well as a coach, he is also someone that builds a close-relationship with you. He was someone who I could talk to both on and off the field. He has had a positive impact on the person I've become today.