Cullen Vaught's journey to the University of Richmond is a little different than most. Vaught spent his freshman year at TCU. He redshirted that season before making his way to join the Spiders.
"When I came to Richmond I knew I had a coaching staff that really wanted me to be on the team," Vaught said. "It feels good as a player to know that you have players and coaches that are there for you. The biggest thing for me was having that confidence to come here."
He was no stranger to Spider Baseball head coach Tracy Woodson. In high school the Corpus Christi, Texas native was recruited by Woodson so the opportunity to play for him at Richmond was a major factor in his decision.
"He was good friends with my summer coach and I knew what kind of coach he would be. That was a huge reason why I chose Richmond. I'd say the academics was important too. Richmond will definitely be good for my future."
This season, the Spiders have three veteran student-athletes on the roster with graduate student RJ Watters, junior Vinny Capra and Vaught. The transition for the three of them to the Richmond program has been seamless.
"It's a little different for us, but it's just like the freshmen coming in we just have a little more experience with college and how classes go," Vaught said. "The team is really close, we all get a long really well. That's a huge part of being successful and that is what has made it so easy for us to transition."
Looking ahead to his time with the Spiders, Vaught has a goal in mind: be the best teammate.
"For me, the most important thing about a team is everybody working together. The reason I play college sports is not just for my love for baseball, it's being part of a team and that atmosphere," he said. "If I win a starting spot, that's awesome. If I lose a starting spot to someone else, I'm going to be behind them 100 percent. If I play I'll be extremely happy, if not I'll be on the bench supporting my team because that's my job and that's what I should do."