A local product from Ashland, Jacob Weis is no stranger to the University of Richmond. Weis attended a camp at Pitt Field when he was younger and was immediately drawn to the campus.
“I just loved everything about it, and ever since then I had my mind set on coming to the University of Richmond,” he said. “It’s so close I can go home whenever I want and see my family and just come right back. I also love the school – it’s a great school and I love the coaches and everybody here.”
From a young age, Weis has always been drawn to sports. Growing up he played both basketball and baseball. However, baseball was his true passion. The left-hander loves being able to take on the opponents head-on.
“I’ve always loved competition and the adrenaline of competing,” he said. “Being a pitcher it’s one of the main positions for competition because you’re basically facing the opponent by yourself. It’s you on the mound and them, and I’ve always loved that.”
Away from the diamond, Weis is a volunteer fire fighter. At Hanover High School, a fire fighting class was offered, and a couple of Weis’ friends were taking the class so he figured he’d give it a shot.
“I liked it right away, it’s fun to learn about that stuff, and it’s definitely good to know,” Weis said. “I passed the test and became certified (Firefighter 1 and 2), and started volunteering at the fire station.”
With the demands of being a student-athlete at the University of Richmond, Weis hasn’t been able to spend much time at the fire station, but in the future it’s definitely something that he wants to look at pursuing.
Like most freshmen, the idea of college is daunting. With the 2017 approaching, Weis has started to settle in here at the University.
“Coming in I was kind of nervous because of all the new people and everything, but eventually I settled down and found my groove, and I’m really enjoying it,” he said. “It’s kind of set in now that I’m done with high school and the season is coming up and I’m really looking forward to it.”