Senior Spotlight: Stephen Geiss
Feb. 12, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Today's Senior Spotlight focuses on pitcher Stephen Geiss. The native of nearby Baltimore talks about having superstitions, then dropping them, as well as his vote for the team's funniest player.
What are you looking forward to most this season?
"I'm looking forward to spending another season with my teammates. It's one last ride with all of them and it should be a fun one. We just want to play as well as we can and see where it goes."
Who is the funniest player on the team?
"I would say probably Ben Nelson. He can be hard to read and he brings a lot of comedy. He has a dry sense of humor, but that is the best kind."
What is your favorite Navy baseball memory?
"There isn't one specific moment that sticks out, but going to the NCAA regional in 2011 was great. The whole experience here has been awesome."
Do you have any superstitions?
"I used to, but I've gotten away from them. I had a routine of how I did things, for example, where I would walk on the field and what I would eat before games."
What made you drop the superstitions?
"I just wanted to get away from it and not worry about that kind of stuff. I didn't want to think that my performance on the field solely depended on those types of things. I want to focus on the important stuff."
What kind of advice do you like to give to the younger players on the team?
"I try to relate and help them out as much as I can. I'll use my past experiences and specific situations I have gone through as examples."
Is there any advice you've received at any level of baseball that you still carry with you today?
"In high school my coach told me to speak through my actions. Rather than being boisterous, he taught me to carry myself quietly."
What is the biggest lesson you've gained in being a part of the Navy baseball program?
"I would say leadership. In Bancroft Hall, you don't really get as much of a chance for professional leadership until your senior year. Being a part of the team, it's more of an unrestricted environment. Everyone is able to help and feed off each other. It's a good team environment."
What is your service selection?
"My service selection is Navy Surface Warfare. I'll be going to San Diego, Calif., after graduation. I'll have a few weeks of leave after graduating and then head out there."