May 15, 2012
D.J. Long is a junior second baseman on the University of Delaware baseball team. Long, who hails from Millsboro, Del., is the most experienced member of the team after starting 68 games in his career so far and has hit three homeruns this season. He is a health and physical education major at Delaware. To see his full bio, click here
1. What are your individual goals this season?
I want to hit for a good average, play well defensively, and be a leader that my teammates can look up to. I would also like to have at least 65 hits and 20 doubles.
2. What do you hope to see your team accomplish in 2012?
I would like my team to make it to the CAA tournament. Since I have been at UD, we have never made it to the postseason and it is something that I really would like to do. I feel like once we got into the tournament, we would have a good chance to win the title and make it to an NCAA regional.
3. What are you taking away from last season and bringing to this season?
Last season we had a good year, but fell short of the playoffs by losing the last few weekends. I’m using that as motivation to work harder to make it to the postseason. Also, I am using what I have learned over last season and trying to help teach some of the younger guys on the team.
4. What made you want to study and play baseball at Delaware?
I felt that Delaware was a good fit for me because it is a great academic school and was willing to give me an opportunity to play baseball at the next level. I also like that Delaware is only an hour from my house, so my friends and family are able to come see me play.
5. What is your major, and why did you choose it?
My major is Health and Physical Education, I chose this because I have always wanted to be a physical education instructor. Along with being a PE teacher, I want to coach football and baseball at any level.
6. What sport would you play if not baseball?
If I were not playing baseball, I would want to play football. Football was actually my favorite sport in high school, where I was the quarterback for three seasons. I love the Friday night lights and sharing the field with my best friends.
7. If you could play for any professional baseball team, which one would you pick?
I would play for the Philadelphia Phillies since they have been my favorite team since I was little kid and I love them even more now. Chase Utley is my role model on the field since he is the starting second basemen for the Phillies.
8. What has been your favorite class here?
My favorite class at UD was team sports with Coach Ferguson. We learned a lot of new games and activities, along with different ways to teach those games to younger students.
9. What are your plans after college?
I want to be a physical education teacher along with coaching football and baseball. I would also like to do baseball camps for young kids to teach them the basics at a young age.
10. What has been your most memorable experience been at the university?
Playing baseball here in general has been the most memorable and not just for the games. It’s all the time you spent with your teammates at practice, study hall, weight training and road trips that you will remember for the rest of your life.
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