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Greg Kaiser

School

IPFW

Position
Shortstop
Major
Finance

Classroom

Greg Kaiser is an excellent student who carries a 3.5+ GPA as a finance major and was an Academic All-American last year. His career ambition is to be a dentist, and in addition to all of his finance class major requirements, he has taken all of the pre-requisite science and lab courses that will allow him to get accepted into a dentistry school. Kaiser plans to sit for the dentistry school entrance exam this summer after he finishes his career if he doesn’t get drafted. Kaiser has been recognized for his academic achievements by the Summit League, and he likely will again this spring.

Character

“Greg’s story is somewhat of a fairly tale. He graduated high school at 5-9, 165-pounds. He was not a highly sought-after baseball recruit in high school. He went to Purdue University and did not make the Purdue baseball team. He joined a fraternity at Purdue and was very close to just being a student at Purdue for the rest of his collegiate career. Fortunately for IPFW, he transferred back home (He is a Fort Wayne, Ind. native.) to IPFW and tried out for the baseball team and barely made it. He was really rusty at the beginning, and it took a year and a half of training until he became a dominant player in the Summit League. Now he is 6-3, 200-pounds of muscle and a top performer in our conference. I mention his story because only the type of kid Greg is and the character he possesses got him through his long journey to becoming a great performer for our IPFW baseball team.”—Bobby Pierce, IPFW Baseball Head Coach

Community

Kaiser is consistently involved with IPFW Baseball community service events and functions and is consistently involved with events and functions through his church. He is a warm and kind-hearted individual who enjoys doing community service projects, whether it is an IPFW Baseball event/function or on his own.

Competition

Last season, Kaiser was named to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings Mideast Region First Team and the Summit League Second Team after leading the team to a program-record 28 wins in 2015, including an appearance in the championship game of the 2015 Summit League Tournament. Kaiser led IPFW in batting average (.361), home runs (10), slugging percentage (.639) and total bases (124), setting a new single-season IPFW school record with the latter. He led the Summit League in slugging percentage and was third in batting average and second in home runs. He also won two national player of the week awards.