Athletics is enjoying some of the best success in its near 50 years of history. That success has come both on the playing field and in the classroom. That success does not happen without the hardwork and dedication of our 270-plus student-athletes.
However, there's more than just the classroom and playing field for our student-athletes and that's why every Wednesday VCUathletics.com will bring you a Getting to Know feature on one of our student-athletes.
This week, we chatted with senior Joey Cujas of the VCU baseball team. Cujas and the Rams are several weeks into their fall ball season, preparing to make a run at the 2014 Atlantic 10 Championship. The local native is a key returner for a squad that has a solid nucleus to go along with a talented group of 13 newcomers.
Cujas recently sat down with VCU Center for Sports Leadership Graduate Assistant Zach Reynolds.
Here's your chance to Get to Know: Joey Cujas.
ZR: How did you decide VCU was the right place for you?
JC: VCU had the perfect mix of being close to home for me and had a great baseball tradition that I wanted to be a part of.
ZR: Beyond sports, where do you see yourself in ten years?
JC: I want to be involved in sports, so in ten years I'm hoping to be involved in the business side of sports.
ZR: What are your goals for the season?
JC: Like everyone who suits up in a VCU uniform, my goal is to win an Atlantic 10 Championship. We also want to make some noise in the NCAA Tournament.
ZR: What is your favorite athletic moment at VCU?
JC: I'd have to go with the CAA Tournament at JMU two years ago. We had some pretty memorable games up there.
ZR: What is one thing many people do not know about you?
JC: My teammate, Chris Ayers, and I have played on the same team since we were seven years old.
ZR: If you could be any fictional character, who would it be, and why?
JC: I'd probably go with the Incredible Hulk so I could throw around crazy weight in the weight room.
ZR: Is there a professional athlete, or former player, whose skills you emulate?
JC: I'd go with Evan Longoria, the third baseman for the Tampa Bay Rays. He plays great defense and seems to be always calm and in control no matter what the situation.
Quick hits- Favorites
Movie- Happy Gilmore
TV Show- Blue Mountain State
Place to eat in Richmond- The Village
Place to see in Richmond- Belle Isle
Musical artist- RiFF RAFF
Pro Athlete- Robert Griffin III
Pro Team- Atlanta Braves and Washington Redskins
Sport (other than the one you play at VCU) - Football