“When he [Miller] was a freshman, he was quiet and kept more to himself. Now, as a senior, he has blossomed into a leader in the classroom and on the baseball field,” said William Stough, academic advisor and baseball coach to Mason Miller.
Miller is a senior finance major with a management minor. His achievements at Waynesburg University have involved participating in Sigma Beta Delta, the international honor society for business, management and administration, making the Dean’s List every semester, completing the Bonner Scholarship program, a service-based program and being a part of the Bonner Leadership Team. He earned first team All PAC, ABCA all region and D3baseball.com second team honors in 2019, and he holds the season record for strikeouts at Waynesburg University.
He excels in his academic studies, but in addition to that, Mason has a humble swagger and a quiet ambition that have helped him become a phenomenal leader. Mason’s the student who talks the least but says the most.”
Miller’s favorite memory while at Waynesburg was, “clinching a playoff spot for the 2019 baseball season after failing to do so in consecutive seasons,” Miller said. Stough said Miller was an influence on the field.
“The baseball team looks to him for his performance but also his leadership skills,” Stough said. ”Mason has turned into an outstanding young man who absolutely combines the Waynesburg mission of faith, learning and serving.”
Jennifer Roy, instructor of business administration, also spoke on Miller’s leadership.
“He excels in his academic studies, but in addition to that, Mason has a humble swagger and a quiet ambition that have helped him become a phenomenal leader,” Roy said. “Mason’s the student who talks the least but says the most.”
Miller has been involved in many different clubs and leadership positions.
“Mason is well organized with his ability to balance the different demands of classes, sports and being part of the Bonner program,” Stough said. “All of these are demanding in themselves and he is handling them and excelling at them all.”
When asked what advice he would give to incoming freshmen, Miller said he would tell them to enjoy their college experience.
“College is the time of your life that will have the biggest force in shaping your life,” Miller said. “Take it seriously and have a plan, but don’t lose sight of the people and the activities that give you the biggest joys.”
Baseball is still an important part of his life.
“I am still holding on to the hope that an opportunity will arise for me to pursue a baseball career beyond college,” he said.
For now, Miller plans to pursue a career in finance and analytics with Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh.
This article originally appeared in Waynesburg University's student newspaper, "The Yellow Jacket."