Florida Tech Scholar-Athlete Spotlight Recognizes Baseball Player Sam Schner
By Jerry Durney, Florida Tech News Bureau // January 29, 2023
schner is majoring in Business Administration
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Being a scholar-athlete at Florida Tech takes an incredible amount of hard work and dedication to excel both in the classroom and on the field. In this Scholar-Athlete Spotlight, we are featuring Panther baseball player Sam Schner, a junior who is majoring in Business Administration.
Originally from Boca Raton, Florida, Schner has started 76 of a possible 77 games during his first two years in Melbourne while hitting .291 with a .370 on-base percentage and 26 stolen bases in that time.
In addition, he’s been named to the Sunshine State Conference All-Defensive Team in each of his first two seasons for his work in the center field.
Sam has also been named to the SSC Commissioner’s and Florida Tech Athletic Director’s Honor Roll after each of his first two seasons.
With the 2023 season set to begin this week, we sat down with Sam to ask him how he manages his studies during the season and his hopes for this year.
■ What’s your major at Florida Tech and why did you choose this? Is it something that you’ve always wanted to do?
I chose Business Administration as my major and luckily, there’s such a variety of options that you can do out of business, and there are so many opportunities that you get, and I wasn’t quite sure what I want to do at first but luckily, it’s been a good fit for me.
■ What was it about Florida Tech that drew you here?
The people here were awesome. When I came here, they really gave me a warm welcome. I love the athletic program. I loved everything about it, and it just felt like home right off the bat.
■ How do you plan to use your degree after graduation?
I’m honestly not 100% sure yet, but I would like to work in an organization maybe and stay around sports just because I love the game so much and I think that’d be the best option for me.
■ What are some of the exciting projects that you’ve been able to work on in classes here?
I just love the real-life examples that we can go into and there’s just a bunch of projects that I’ve done that I’ve enjoyed, like coming up with events. Marketing our events and understanding what we can do to get our event out there and just being an overall understanding business student.
■ The baseball season spans 50 games over three months with plenty of road trips and practices in between, how do you keep everything balanced once the season starts?
Just enjoy being here. Putting the work in and understanding that it’s not going to be easy. Taking it day by day and realizing that it’s all gonna work out in the end if you put the work in.
■ How has being a collegiate athlete prepared you for what you’re doing now and what do you take from the field that you apply to your studies?
It’s definitely taught me to work hard. Putting the work in is definitely a big thing for me and if you put the work in, you’ll get what you want out of it. That’s just my motto, that’s what I think is gonna help me the most.
■ What advice would you give to an athlete coming to Florida Tech that has an interest in Business Administration?
Just enjoy the journey. Take it day by day and cherish every moment you have here on campus. It goes by really quick. It feels like yesterday, I just came in here as a freshman and I’m already almost done with my junior year. So just enjoy every moment you have here.
■ What expectations do you have for yourself and the team in 2023?
We have pretty high expectations. We have a bunch of new guys and we all love to work hard and play the game of baseball and we all get along with each other. So, I’m really excited to get going, I’m excited to play as a team and just see how we do. We’re gonna work hard and play well.
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