NEAC Student-Athlete Spotlight: Toby Welk, Penn State Berks

NEAC Student-Athlete Spotlight: Toby Welk, Penn State Berks

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - Each week throughout the fall semester, the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) will highlight student-athletes from one of the conference's member institutions through a brief Q & A. Female student-athletes will be featured each Thursday followed by a male student-athlete spotlight each Friday. Today, we get to know Toby Welk from Penn State Berks.

Name: Toby Welk
Sport(s):
Baseball
Hometown: Downingtown, Pa.

What is your current class year and major?

I am a senior studying Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology.

Why did you choose to attend Penn State Berks?

I chose Penn State Berks because the school offered a Penn State education and the opportunity to play with a baseball family instead of a team.

What does it mean to you to be a member of the Penn State Berks baseball team?

Penn State Berks baseball and everyone involved in the school has significantly helped to mold me into the person I am today. Over the past four years, I have learned confidence and some of the most important life lessons.

If you could pick one favorite moment at Penn State Berks, what would it be?

My favorite moment from Penn State Berks was easily when I was on second base for Alex Doyle's walk-off homerun against preseason ranked No. 4 Salisbury during the 2016 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional.

What are your career aspirations or future goals?

After graduation, my goal is to work for five-seven years, buy a truck, and move out west to start a hunting outfitter.

Are you involved in additional activities, clubs, etc. on campus outside of athletics?

I am a three-year member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee on campus.

Give us three words that best describe being a Division III student-athlete. 

Confidence, Fun, Focus

What is your pregame routine? Any superstitions? 

I usually watch highlight videos of professional hitters having success to help visualize myself doing the same and listen to Meek Mill or motivational speakers.

Share with us some of your favorites:

Food: Venison

Professional Team or Player: Philadelphia 76ers, Josh Donaldson

Movie: American Sniper

Class at Penn State Berks: EMET 405 - Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer

Finally, what makes you #NEACStrong? 

I am #NEACStrong because of the confidence the NEAC has brought me through athletics.

To learn more about Penn State Berks and Nittany Lions athletics, visit psuberksathletics.com.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has 12 NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, College of Saint Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, Morrisville State, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and Wells College. Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (W Lacrosse), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse), Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf), and Wilson College (M Volleyball). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sport of men’s tennis and with the Colonial State Athletic Conference in the sport of Field Hockey. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.