”He’s definitely quicker on the court, movement is something he does very well, he’s also a very good groundstroker, particularly on the forehand side,” Miller said. “I’d also say he’s smart, and that’s an area he’s grown in each year, freshman, sophomore, junior, he’s learned the game more as he’s studied it.”
Quinn plans to study math education, leaning toward being a teacher in the future, or an athletic director, coach or school administrator. It runs in the family. His father Scott teaches fifth grade at Sycamore, mother Janelle teaches third grade at Western, grandmother Julie Quinn teaches fourth grade at Western, and grandmother Shirley Moore taught home economics at Maple Crest.
He was picked as one of two recipients of Trine’s Franks School of Education Scholarship, which will pay for a large chunk of his schooling.
A situation aligned perfectly to get Eaker a shot to play at Owens. New Western skipper Quentin Brown, previously an assistant with the squad and Western grad, helped Eaker over the summer when the outfielder came to him with his desire to play in college.
They looked at about 10 opportunities, started whittling things down, then Brown put out a call to his former IPFW teammate Devin Taylor, the coach at Owens CC.
“I called my buddy and said I’ve got a guy for you I think you’ll like,” Brown said. “Devon went up for a visit, loved it and verballed a week after that. I know the kind of coach he is, the kind of guy he is and Devon is right up coach Taylor’s alley.”
It was an instant fit.
“Everything, the school, it just felt right,” Eaker said. “The people there are great, coach is an amazing guy, he knows a lot about baseball and I feel there’s a lot I can learn from him.