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Paul Hoilman

East Tennessee State
First Base


Hoilman maintains a 3.95 GPA in mathematics and in 2010 he was named both an ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-American and the Atlantic Sun Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He has earned conference all-academic honors all three years and has been named to the Dean’s List every semester since enrolling. Hoilman is a member of Beta Alpha Psi, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, the Golden Key International Honour Society and the Math Honors-In-Discipline Program, which accepts students majoring in math with an interest in honors-enriched math courses. Students in the program take honors-enriched math courses and deliver a minimum of four presentations to the Math Department. They also have to complete an honors thesis upon graduation. Hoilman currently has aspirations to either enroll in medical or law school after completing his bachelor’s degree.


Hoilman has been a team leader for the Bucs the past three seasons, starting 153 consecutive games heading into his senior season. One of his greatest attributes is that Hoilman makes everyone around him better. He is very unselfish and always puts the team first. You can always find Hoilman working with teammates, giving advice or suggestions and trying to lift the spirit and attitude of his teammates whether it be in practice or games. Hoilman turned down an opportunity to play professionally to come back for his senior season and really make a difference on the Bucs’ campus and community. He is one of the hardest workers in the classroom and in the athletic arena. After winning the first-ever collegiate home run derby in Rosenblatt Stadium, Hoilman has become a role model for the ETSU baseball team and has been a great representative speaking at several events that have honored not only his athletic achievements, but also his success as a scholar and leader.


Hoilman has spent a lot of time in the community, reaching out to kids of all backgrounds. He never misses an opportunity to help with the youth of our community in Johnson City, Tenn. Hoilman has visited several local elementary schools to read to kids in an effort to show kids the importance of reading. He also has done numerous clinics and makes routine visits to the Children’s Hospital, along with helping out with the Habitat for Humanity. While playing in the New England Collegiate Baseball League in the summers of 2008 and 2009, Hoilman spent time volunteering at local schools and doubled as a camp counselor at the local YMCA. Hoilman has also been an active participant in the annual ETSU Buccaneer Christmas, which gives underprivileged kids a chance to enjoy the holiday season. Hoilman also uses his talents as a baseball player to help out in the local high school fall baseball league where he serves as both a coach and an umpire, and he volunteers as an instructor for the annual Tony Skole Winter Camp.


In 2010, Hoilman had arguably the best season in the program’s history, breaking seven single season records and three career records as he led the Bucs to their most victories (32) since 1982. His .421 average was second best all-time in the program’s history and he set the school records for home runs (25), runs (79), RBI (84), hits (99), extra-base hits (51) and walks (51). Hoilman was named the 2010 Atlantic Sun Player of the Year and was a first-team all-conference selection for the second straight season. Hoilman was also a Golden Spikes Award semifinalist, Louisville Slugger first-team All-American, Pro-Line second-team All-American, Ping!Baseball second-team All-American and Baseball America third-team All-American.