By TJ Millman
Heading into his freshman year at Del State, Tommy Jordan knew that he was going to have to compete for playing time. He went to practice, worked as hard as he could, and in the end his hard work paid off. Jordan played in 46 games, had 9 RBIs, and even hit his first collegiate home run.
For Jordan, competition is nothing new. He spent his childhood as an undersized player, but he always managed to find his way into the starting lineup. “I was smaller coming into high school, but Coach (Nick) Brannan gave me a chance my sophomore year and it was nothing but up from there,” Jordan said.
That sophomore year was the beginning of a decorated three year varsity campaign at shortstop for Jordan. This is where Jordan grew into the Division 1 talent that he is now. “Being at Milford helped me become the player that I am today. All the help from Coach Brannan, Coach Overstreet, and even my dad was key. That program taught me to play with a chip on my shoulder, grind through every game, and play my heart out. I’m extremely happy to be from Milford,” Jordan said.
Speaking of his dad, Jordan had nothing but good things to say. “Without my dad, I wouldn’t be who I am today. That goes from being the ball player I am, all the way to being the person I am. He’s always going to be my coach and the person I go to when I need help with my game. He knows me the best. He’s always showed me how to have a hard work ethic and a strong mindset. He’s definitely the reason why I am where I am today,” Jordan said.
That work ethic paid off for Jordan and led to him starting a majority of his freshman season for the Hornets. “I really enjoyed my first year of college. It was definitely a new experience and one of the best times I’ve ever had playing baseball. The team is more like a family which made it even better. As a freshman I wanted to help the team in anyway possible, and I got lucky enough to contribute in a big way. I’m glad I got the opportunity to contribute as much as I did. I really just wanted to go out every game and help the team win,” Jordan said.
Like many Division 1 athletes, Jordan has dedicated a large portion of his life to his craft. “Baseball has been my life for as long as I can remember. I’m pretty sure my parents told me I started playing when I was 3 or 4. I wouldn’t be at DSU without baseball. The goal is to play after college, but if that chance isn’t given to me I’ll understand. Baseball just works that way. I do have another plan to stay in the game though. I would love to coach at either the high school level or the collegiate level after I’m done at DSU,” he said.
Expectations will be higher this year for Jordan, but he will be ready to work hard for whatever challenges come his way. It’s the only way he knows.
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