Name: Matt Kaster
Hometown/High School: Traben-Trarbach, Germany/Crestwood
Q: What was the driving force for your decision to come to Wilkes?
A: I really enjoyed the small class sizes and ability to get to know my professors. The academic curriculum was challenging and I believed Wilkes would help set me up for my future. The opportunity to play baseball and be close to home also were major factors in my decision.
Q: What are your hopes for the upcoming season?
A: I hope to be focused and prepared for each game and lead to a playoff berth. The overall hope is to win a MAC title with my fellow senior class.
Q:When/Why did you first begin playing baseball?
A: I first began playing baseball when I was 6, while I was living in Woodbridge, Va. I started playing because my dad had always loved the game and my sister had started playing softball so I figured I would give baseball a shot.
Q: Do you have other sports/interest/hobbies off of the field?
A: I really enjoy spending time with my friends and family and watching any sporting event. A lot of my time is spent as a member of the Blues hockey team.
Q: Who would you say, is the most influential person in your life? Why?
A: I would say my parents collectively are the most influential people in my life. They are great examples of how I want to live my life and how hard work and determination can get you anywhere that you want. They are humbled individuals who are always helping and giving in any way possible. I cannot thank them enough for all they have done in my life and how they have loved and supported me in everything I do.
Q: What does “Be Colonel” mean to you?
A: To me “Be Colonel” means being the best all-around person you can be whether that be in the classroom, on the field or with your peers. It means to put your best effort into everything you do and represent Wilkes with class and dignity.
Q: If you could have dinner with a famous person from the past, who would it be?
A: I would have dinner with Nolan Ryan, the greatest pitcher of all-time, because of his style and approach to the game. I would love to pick his brain about pitching and learn from the greatest.