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Brian Cloud

School

Texas Tech University

Position
Pitcher
Major
Management and General Business
ERA
4.88
W-L
2-3

Classroom

Brian’s cumulative GPA is a 3.33.  Beginning with the spring 2007 semester, he has made the Dean’s list every semester (this includes spring 2007).  The dean’s list requires a semester GPA of a 3.50.  Every semester he has earned at least the Big 12 Commissioner’s honor roll at Tech.  He was selected Second Team Academic All-Big 12 in 2007 and First Team Academic All-Big 12 in 2008.

Character

From former pitching coach and personal mentor Lance Brown:  “There are two ways of handling adversity. Make excuses and don’t work to get better or take responsibility and work to get better. Brian has always taken responsibility for what he has done and then strives to improve. This implies that he has a great work ethic ( sometimes too much throwing) which he does. He encourages teammates and regardless of his role he has always been excited about team accomplishments. I have never heard him second guess how he is being used and in the past when his role was not that big he still supported the team and his teammates.  He is conscientious - he works always toward perfection and his truly interested in his team and teammates.”

Obstacles
During time at Tech - had 4 different pitching coaches.  It was very difficult adapting to the coaching styles and requests of 4 different coaches.
Operated lawn service the last four years while playing baseball and going to school.  Although this doesn’t seem like an obstacle, it was difficult.

Community

Brian has participated in Race for the Cure activities and has visited elementary students and spoke to them about making the right choices in life.  He has volunteered for Texas Tech youth baseball camps and has made appearances to sign autographs for youth.  In addition, Brian has made time to visit cancer patients at Southwest Cancer Center at UMC where he took pictures with patients.  He also arranged for those same patients to attend a home Texas Tech baseball game and attend a special autograph sesion after the game.  Brian uses his summer vacation to speak to youth and sigh autographs at local churches.  His summer activities also include serving as a volunteer youth baseball coach.

Competition

Brian will be Texas Tech’s closer in 2008 after his best season ever as a Red Raiders in 2007.  He has logged 53 appearances during his career and 83 innings pitched.  He has a 1-2 overall record with a 4.88 ERA including 63 strikeouts vs. 35 walks.