BK Stancil Signs with Averett

Senior second baseman will play baseball at Averett University.

On April 1, senior Bryan “BK” Stancil signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Averett University in Danville, Va. Surrounded by a large group of family, friends, Steward supporters, and teammates, the second baseman committed to playing for the Cougars when he begins college in fall 2016.

BK will play for the USA South Athletic Conference Division III program under the direction of head coach Ed Fulton. BK is the second senior baseball player at Steward to sign with a collegiate athletic program this year—senior Kamron Smith signed with Northern Illinois University in November.

“I’m so incredibly proud of my son,” said Yedda Stancil, BK’s mother. “He’s stayed focused and really disciplined through the years. Averett is a perfect fit for him athletically and academically.”

BK, who has been at Steward since ninth grade, said he thinks playing at Averett is the ideal next step in his career, and he’s excited to go from one small school environment to another. “I haven’t had a whole lot given to me, so I’ve had to earn all the opportunities I have,” he said. “I think this is the result of a lot of hard work, and I’m really excited to see what happens.”

Director of Athletics Bruce Secrest directed the ceremony and photo opportunities, citing BK’s hard work ethic as well as his athletic skill: “He’s a perfect example of a young man who is focused and stays on task in good and bad times. When I think of him, I’ll always remember how he continued to stay driven, no matter the situation, and it paid off for him. That’s a great lesson for any of us.”

 

 

 

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