Many Division III student-athletes have a full slate when it comes to their academic and athletic schedules. Dan Whigham, catcher for the Westfield State baseball team, finds time to fit in serving his country as well.
Whigham, a senior from Barre, MA, is an active member in the US Naval Reserve. It is a role that he feels will give him great experience as he prepares for his future career as a Naval Jag Officer. He will receive his bachelors degree in criminal justice at the end of the semester. He chose Westfield State primarily for the excellent criminal justice program.
Finding academic success while in college, Whigham is a three-time MASCAC Spring All-Academic Team honoree for having a 3.2 GPA cumulative or during the previous semester. Outside of the criminal justice program, his favorite classes have been upper level Spanish classes and Latino revolution literature. It gave him a glimpse into different cultures and the perspective of other people.
Outside of his time on the diamond, he has participated in the Wounded Warrior Run that benefited wounded military men and women. It was extremely rewarding for him as a way to give back to those that allow him to play the sport he loves. Although he chose baseball for college, he also played four years of varsity golf while in high school.
Competing as a member of the Owls baseball team, Whigham has been a member of the squad for the past four years. This season he has batted .208 with four RBI, four runs scored and five hits. His best game so far this season was in the 5-2 win over Suffolk where he went 3-for-4 in the victory.
Feeling that Division III prepared him for anything that life might throw at him, Whigham knows the leadership skills he obtained and experience have prepared him for wherever life takes him.