Q and A with 2012 Wright State Commit: Kris Popham (Olentangy Liberty)

Kris Popham, LHP, Olentnagy Liberty, Class of 2012

PBR: Why did you choose Wright State?
Popham:  I like the coaching staff, the success of the program, and the campus facilities including the medical school.  I feel like I will fit in very well.

PBR: What other schools were you considering?
Popham:  University of Cincinnati, Bowling Green, Heidelberg, and Washington & Jefferson – all made offers.

PBR: Where did Coach Cooper first see you? How did your relationship develop with their coaching staff?
Popham:  My relationship with Coach Cooper and his staff developed late in the process.  I had a great spring and they showed some interest.  They saw me last fall at Kent State, but our serious relationship began just a few weeks ago at my first summer tournament – Tri-State Elite.

PBR: How does it feel to be a part of a Division 1 baseball program?
Popham:  It is really a childhood dream to play at this next level.  I waited for a chance to play Division 1 and the wait paid off!

PBR: What role do the coaches expect you to play your first year on campus?
Popham:  Coach Cooper made it clear from the beginning that the best players will be on the field regardless of their class. 

PBR: What is your biggest strength as a player and how do you feel that you will help Raider baseball?
Popham:  My biggest strength is my competiveness.  I believe that I will help Raider Baseball achieve their goals both on the field and in the classroom.

PBR: Who do you play for in the summer and what was the most memorable experience from this summer?
Popham:  Ohio Elite – Huesman.  Getting 2 victories while winning the Dublin All-American Tournament. 

PBR: What were your expectations about the recruiting process? 
Popham:  I expected it to be very difficult and often confusing – and it was!

PBR: What were your stats this spring season at Olentangy Liberty
Popham:  5-2 with 2 saves.  58 innings, 52 K’s.

PBR: Who is the toughest hitter that you have faced in Ohio ?
Popham:  Aaron Huesman – my teammate this summer!