Feb. 1, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
Senior Greg Dupell talks about his position change, the team's offseason training program and what the future aviator hopes to be piloting someday. Dupell led Navy with 44 RBI last season and his 12-career home runs are tied for ninth most in program history.
Talk about making the transition to the outfield?
"I played the outfield when I was younger, so it's not entirely new. It went well in the fall and I focused on getting faster as well as improving my arm strength. I played there before, so it wasn't bad."
Did you alter your training at all in the offseason?
"I lost 10-15 pounds from last season and did a lot more sprint and agility workouts, rather than heavy lifting. That continued in the fall when we started doing CrossFit workouts and that helped a lot with trying to get quicker and faster."
Talk about the new training program the team did this past offseason.
"It was phenomenal for us. The entire team really felt physically fit and strong to play the game of baseball in a better way. It wasn't just the CrossFit, but we also focused new warm-up and flexibility routines that helped us improve our lateral movement. It was a combination of things that we and the coaches came up that really benefitted the team, making us stronger, faster and more flexible.
"The workouts got competitive. When doing CrossFit, you're doing it for time and you and you're partner and trying to beat the other groups."
Is it hard to believe you're entering your final season?
"It's bittersweet. The way I think about it is that I've still got at least 50 games left, so that's a lot of baseball and I'll take it one game at a time and enjoy every at-bat and pitch I'm going to see. It has been a long career here and I don't regret anything - I've really enjoyed my time."
Is there a road trip you're looking forward to most?
"We're going to Army this year, so that will be a good one. Also, we're going to Winter Haven, Fla., again, which is about 40 minutes from my house in Tampa. That will be really nice."
Do you have any superstitions or routines you like to follow on game days?
"Yeah, there are a few things for home games. I always get the same thing for breakfast and then grab a couple energy drinks. There are plenty of other superstitions that I have, I do the same thing in the batter's box, always stretch the same way and a few other things."
What is the best advice you have received in your career?
"A cross between staying consistent and working hard. It's tough to succeed here both in the classroom and then out on the field. I think that the best thing you can do is try to separate the two. When it's time for baseball, you have to work hard and stay consistent in what you're doing. You can't have off days because then you'll get worse. You can't pick and chose when you want to show up. The best advice I got is to work hard and stay consistent."
What is the biggest motivating factor for you heading into the season?
"I want to win. Before the start of every season I want to win the conference and go to an NCAA regional and win a game. We want to beat Army and win our Patriot League games."
Talk about your service selection and what you'll be doing upon graduation.
"My service selection is Navy pilot. I will be moving down to Pensacola, Fla., at a to-be-determined date. We haven't picked our flight school dates yet. Once I get to Pensacola, I'll be there six moths to a year learning how to fly on the training aircrafts. After that you'll be put into one of the three aviation communities - jets, propeller planes and helicopters. Where I get selected to go is all based on the needs of the Navy."
If you had the opportunity to choose, what type of plane would you like to fly?
"I would like to fly the new P-8s."