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Troy Squires

School

Kentucky

Position
Catcher / First Base
Major
Masters in Kinesiology and Health Promotion

Classroom

Squires has already completed his undergraduate degree in communications and is currently working on his master’s in Sports Leadership. He is a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

Character

Squires is widely viewed as the team leader in the clubhouse and on the field due to his steady nature, quiet work ethic and rapport with teammates and coaches. Despite being the second-team All-SEC catcher in 2017, he willingly allowed coaches to play another catcher over him in back-to-back elimination games in the NCAA Tournament because the other player was a better matchup, thus showing he has no ego and cares only about the team and winning. He recently was inducted into Kentucky Athletics’ Frank G. Ham Society of Character, which honors Wildcats who have shown an extraordinary commitment to academic excellence, athletic participation, personal development, career preparation and serving as a role model.

Community

Squires has been heavily involved in the baseball team’s off-field community service programs including UK Children’s Hospital, Bluegrass Miracle League, Hope Center, Salvation Army, Backpack program, Louisiana Flood Relief drive, Walk-a-Child to School, Community Restoration Project and Blanket Project.

Competition

Squires earned the attention of coaches from across the SEC for his play in 2017, his first season as the team’s full-time starting catcher. He earned second-team All-SEC honors after hitting above .300 while throwing out 40 percent of base stealing attempts. He earned National and SEC Player of the Week on Mar. 12, 2018 after a career week that culminated in a series win over No. 3 Texas Tech. In addition to conference honors he was recognized by Perfect Game/Rawlings and Collegiate Baseball.