"Getting to Know" is a weekly feature on VCUathletics.com that will highlight student-athletes from the 17 intercollegiate athletic programs that make up "Ram Nation."
Each edition, VCU Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant Blaze Byrd chats with selected student-athletes from various programs to get inside their world and let us know a little more about them.
This edition of GTK features senior Matt Lees of the VCU baseball team. The Richmond, Va. native has made 86 appearances for the Rams which has him tied for fifth in appearances in school history. As a junior, Lees logged 24 relief appearances as the Rams main closer and notched five saves on the season to move into fourth all-time in the VCU saves list with 18.
With the season beginning this weekend, Lees and his teammates are busy preparing for their tournament at Wake Forest taking place this Friday and Saturday. He was nice enough to take a few minutes with Byrd to give us a little more of an in-depth look at himself.
How did you decide VCU was the right place for you?
It is close to home and it's a highly thought of program in Virginia and my family is able to watch me.
What are your goals for this season (personally and for the team)?
Personal: Improve on my game each day and give my team opportunities to win.
Team: Win a conference championship and have an opportunity to compete for national championship.
What is your favorite athletic moment at VCU?
Being part of a team that set a school record for best start in school history.
What is your favorite class that you've taken at VCU?
Beyond sports, where do you see yourself in ten years?
I can see myself owning a business
What is one thing many people do not know about you?
My cousin was born on my 22nd birthday.
Is there a professional athlete, or former player, whose skills you emulate?
If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet and why?
Bob Marley, he put on a performance two days after being shot because he didn't want to let that person bring him down. It shows how dedicated he is to what he loves doing.
Quick hits- Favorites
Movie- Lone Survivor
TV Show- Big Bang Theory
Food- Grilled Salmon
Place to eat in Richmond- Edo's Squid
Place to see in Richmond- Maymont Park
Musical artist- Anything Country
Pro Athlete- Mariano Rivera
Pro Team- New York Yankees
Sport (other than the one you play at VCU)- Golf