Western’s Judson Quinn and Devon Eaker recently signed to continue their athletic careers in college. Eaker will play baseball at Owens Community College in Ohio, and Quinn is headed to play tennis at Trine University.
Quinn liked the small, NCAA Division III college in Indiana’s northeast corner, noting good experiences when visiting the players, and sitting in on classes. And the recruiting process made him feel comfortable.
”Their coach [Ryan] Gould, within days of being eligible to be recruited by NCAA coaches, he called me. The entire process from when I was eligible ‘til I signed he was always in contact,” Quinn said. “Venturing out and taking the step from high school to college, it helped my decision that he really cares and wants me to be there. I think some people when they talk about why they prefer small schools over big schools, they feel like they’re a statistic. At Trine I feel like I’m Judson Quinn, not just one student out of 25,000.”
Quinn was 17-2 as the Panther No. 1 singles player as a senior. He feels like he can fit in with the team on the court.
”Hitting with the team, I think I have the potential to step in and be part of their top group that plays, kind of like the varsity,” he said. “I really like the idea of being able to contribute to the team as a freshman. Another thing I really liked, the coach Ryan Gould, he doesn’t micromanage. We were talking about playing style, and he said ‘if you’re more of a baseline player, play from the baseline.’ He doesn’t want to alter my game.”
Western coach Andrew Miller said Quinn will get even better in college as he hasn’t “maxed out his potential yet.”