April’s edition of the Lakers’ Sophomore Spotlight features baseball student-athlete Austin Teets (Horseheads, N.Y./Horseheads). Teets has been an instrumental member of the baseball team for two seasons as an outfielder, and Teets is majoring in Liberal Arts at Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC).
"It has been my pleasure coaching Austin over the last two years,” said Sean Marren, in his sixth season as head baseball coach at FLCC. “He is an extremely hardworking and dedicated team member and has shown great integrity and leadership during his time here.”
According to Teets, the choice to attend FLCC was an easy one for his college experience.
“I really like it here, and I really enjoy the individualized attention I receive from my professors. It is a great learning environment,” said Teets, who also mentioned how FLCC’s lower tuition costs, combined with the strong reputation of the baseball program convinced him to attend FLCC.
Reflecting on his student-athlete experience, Teets recalled all of the great memories he has made.
“I enjoy having my teammates around and being there for me,” said Teets. “It’s like having a second family.”
Being a student-athlete at any institution comes with both challenges and expectations, something that Teets takes very seriously.
“As a student-athlete, you will always be held to a higher standard of leadership and responsibility,” Teets said. “You have to always be ready and prepared.”
Throughout his time on campus, Teets has both gained and learned valuable life lessons, giving him more opportunities to grow as a student, as an athlete, and as a member of the FLCC community.
Teets continues to echo the importance of hard work while emphasizing dedication on and off the field. Embodying this type of work ethic has been crucial to Teets’ successes.
His proudest achievement during his FLCC career? Earning the respect of his teammates and coaches by being named a team captain.
“I want to be remembered as someone who was hardworking, cares about others, and always puts his best foot forward,” Teets said.
Upon graduating in May, Teets plans to transfer to SUNY Brockport to continue his studies in Exercise Science.
“Though Austin will be missed, I am very excited to see what the future holds for him after Finger Lakes Community College,” Marren said.