Senior Brock Lakin signed on Wednesday, February fifth with St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. Lakin, a third baseman and pitcher for Central’s varsity baseball team, signed with their baseball program.
“I chose St. Ambrose because it’s a smaller school and I think that the community will fit better with my ideals,” Lakin said.
Another factor in his choice was the caliber of experience on the team, narrowing out the head coach primarily.
“The head coach has had, I think, 25 years of experience, 25 years as the head coach. He knows his way around the sport. I look forward to growing in the program both as a person and as a player,” Lakin said.
Lakin expressed interest in choosing either biology or engineering as his field of study, primarily because he intends to go to graduate school for either medical or dental after finishing his undergraduate study at St. Ambrose.
“I don’t know if I want to go into medical or dental for graduate school, but I do know that I want to go to graduate school and those are two very good routes,” Lakin said.
Lakin is looking forward to the opportunities presented by the team at St. Ambrose, which plays in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, expressing interest in going to the city of Chicago for games and events.
“It’s in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, so we go to Chicago a lot, which is like a two hour drive. I love Chicago, I went there when I was four for a Cubs game, and I kind of fell in love with the city and team,” Lakin said.
Central baseball head coach Gerald Kreber emphasized Lakin’s academic and athletic balance in the speech honoring him at the signing ceremony, noting his position as a leader of the team and his academic accomplishments, such as his high grades and his membership in the National Honor Society.
“Brock has been a real leader for our baseball program, and he’s been a real leader in the school,” Kreber said.