Jason Leckemby / photo by Scott Shepherd
Sterling, VA (August 17, 2015) – Park View right-handed pitcher, Jason Leckemby decided he wanted to play for the University of Charleston early fall 2014. Around that time, after UC head coach Lee Bradley saw him pitch at two separate camps, he invited Leckemby for a December 16th campus visit. Leckemby accepted the invite and committed to the program later that day.
Located in Charleston, West Virginia, the University of Charleston employs a unique outcomes-based model of education whereby students learn and master six competencies by graduation: citizenship, communication, creativity, critical thinking, ethical practice, and science. In 2012, UC was ranked 14th by U.S. News & World Report for regional colleges in the South. In 2014, UC was ranked the 19th best Regional College in the South.
“I chose Charleston for it’s strong reputation in academics as well as athletics, said Leckemby. It was a pretty big relief after I made the decision to commit to UC. It felt great to enter my final high school baseball season not having to worry about what college I was going to attend.”
Leckemby’s new head baseball coach will be Andrew Wright. Coach Wright came to UC from MEC power Concord University, where he spent the last 5 years as the Mountain Lion head coach. During his tenure in Athens, Concord averaged 31 wins per season, while setting consecutive school records for wins with 36 (2013) and 38 (2014). Coach Wright’s vision for the Golden Eagle baseball program includes the following cornerstones: graduate, compete for championships, and give back to the community. His staff’s over-riding goal is to ensure that when each UC Baseball player finishes their career, they are a better person because they chose to wear the Golden Eagle baseball uniform.
Said Coach Wright, “My excitement for the opportunity to lead the UC Baseball program is hard to put into words. All of the nuts and bolts are here to make the Golden Eagle Baseball program one of the most comprehensive NCAA Division II Baseball experiences in the country, and my staff and I can’t wait to get started,”
Leckemby has been playing baseball since tee-ball age 5. “Most of the things I learned about baseball were taught to me by my dad through the years. I’ve also learned a lot from a number of great coaches I’ve had throughout my baseball career. I am thankful for them pushing me to get to where I want to be.”
“I’ve made some good friends and have a lot of great memories while playing high school baseball, said Leckemby. My sophomore year was a special year for me. My older brother was a senior and it was the first time I got to play on the same team with him in my life. I hadn’t been able to do it when I was younger because there was too much of an age difference. I’ve always looked up to him and it was pretty awesome to wear the same uniform and hit back to back in the battering order with him in his last high school season.”
Leckemby closed out his high school baseball career with a 16 strike-out loss in the VHSL Conference 21 tournament.
Please join us in wishing Jason Leckemby the very best in both the classroom and on the baseball diamond at the University of Charleston.
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