|April 27, 2012||Filled under Covering the Field||
Drew Nick is a five-tool player. Champlain Valley Union (CVU) head baseball coach Tim Albertson explains the compliment. “In baseball, a five-tool player excels at hitting for average, hitting for power, base running skills and speed, throwing ability, and fielding abilities. Drew is baseball savvy. He excels in all aspects of the game,” said coach Albertson. “He has many talents. He is a four-year starter. He is one of the top pitchers and infielders in the state. He’s mentally strong. He has a competitive nature. And he has a great personality,” Albertson added, “Drew is just a great kid.”
Born on June 10, 1994, Nick was raised in Shelburne by his parents Colleen and Jeff. His family also includes older brother Ryan, a Boston College sophomore, and younger sister Megan, a sophomore at CVU.
While reminiscing about his first foray into baseball Nick comments, “I think I picked up a baseball as early as I could walk. There’s this photo of me at my grandparent’s house when I was pretty young. I’m using a golf club as a bat.” In answer to a question about what sparked his interest in the sport, he credits his father. “My dad is a baseball guy. He coached me though Little League,” Nick continued. “My dad is a great coach. He taught me everything I know.”
A CVU varsity baseball player since his freshman year, Nick experienced one of his proudest moments while still in Little League. “In 2005 my team won the Little League state championship,” he said without hesitation. “That was special,” he offered.
Nick and the Redhawks are off to a strong start this season. Undefeated through three games, CVU beat Mt. Abe 4-3, cruised by South Burlington 8-0, and routed St. Johnsbury 10-1. It’s unlikely that Nick’s new game day ritual of pitching with his socks up for away games and in stirrups for home games had anything to do with it.
Also a three-year varsity football player, Nick is more than a gifted athlete; he is a respected leader on and off the field. A senior football captain and a two-year baseball captain, Nick leads by example. “I don’t yell and scream,” he said about his strengths. “I keep the guys loose until it’s time to go to work.” Coach Albertson agrees. “Drew has been a leader on the team since the second he entered the baseball program. They [Drew and the other leaders on this team] take care of business and have fun doing it. Their leadership, dedication, and hard work helped develop this program,” coach Albertson said proudly. Not to mention that off the field, Nick is the Vermont state president of the Future Business Leaders of America, and he holds the office of vice president of the CVU student body and the vice president of Student Council – one position that presides over both.
So what’s next for this CVU senior? Currently undecided, Nick will choose between his two top choices: Villanova University and Bentley University by May 1. According to Nick, Bentley has a slight edge over Villanova. “I am leaning towards Bentley because there is a better opportunity for me to play baseball,” he commented. “Plus I like Boston. I can see myself living there.” Nick and his unique combination of talents (academic, athletic, and social) plus his desire to make a difference both on and off the field will make him an ideal candidate for the college of his choosing.