May 23rd, 2012 @ 12:19 pm | Author: Vikings Sports Admin
Dan Maurer, LHP, Klamath Falls Oregon, Career and Technical Education (VCSU)
VC: Take us through the progression of teams that you played for from your High school days to now.
DM: I was a walk on at Linn-Benton Community College. Played there for 2 years (06-08) then signed at Valley City State University and played there for 3 years (08-11). In the summer of 2011 I played for the Laramie Colts in Laramie, Wyoming. I then Played in the Arizona Winter League for Team Canada (January 31-March 1 2012). At the end of that season, I was drafted to Na Koa Ikaika Maui; Hawaii then was traded to the White Sands Pupfish in New Mexico.
VC:How has your experience at each level shaped the pitcher that you have become?
DM:Experience is something that plays a huge role on shaping a pitcher and I think that is something that has impacted me the most. Playing at these different levels taught more about how to be a pitcher than a thrower but most of all hard work. Every coach offered something different but I was able to take something from each of them, which made me into a player that I am now. Hard work and perseverance were traits that were emphasized from each coach and those alone have basically got me where I am now.
VC: Who are some of the people that have helped you out and supported you along the way?
DM: First of let me start off by saying I am grateful to be where I am right now and I would not be where I am without the support from the people I am about to mention. My Mom, Dad and Grandparents, the Maurer and Jensen family are the most loving and caring people. They stuck with me through thick and thin and helped me through everything. They know I have a special talent for baseball and they know that this is only the beginning for me. The Noeske family, are people that I will never forget. They took me into their home and supported me from day one. Their son Jeff and daughter Jill are friends I will never lose contact from. They showed me so many things I couldn't have learned anywhere else. I can't say thanks enough for the things they have done for me. I have nothing but the utmost respect for that family. They will be forever in my heart, love you guys. Jim Jensen is another big supporter. He always knew I had a talent in baseball and knew I would go somewhere. Casey Olney and Sam Bjorling helped and supported me pretty much through everything. Coach Olney let me continue my training at VCSU before I left to New Mexico. Rob and Debbie Goodrich, my host family from Laramie, WY, the best host family ever! Last but not least, I can't forget about my friends. I met some really great people that I will never forget and will always be friends with. But there was one friend in particular that I want to give thanks to and that is Shane Schoeneberg.
VC: Was there ever a time when you thought about hanging up the spikes and moving on to something else?
DM: Yes there was a time and that was after college. I wasn't being scouted or looked at by any team. At that point the possibility of hanging up the spikes was in my mind but baseball is what I love and it really wasn't and option to give up so I found other ways to get my name out there.
VC: What are some of the highlights of your college career and post college career?
DM: My biggest highlight of my college career was coming back from injury and pitching in the DAC tournament and being considered still a real threat against the opposing team Mayville. Obviously my biggest highlight of my post college career is being able to play at the next level.
VC: What team are you playing for? How did that come about? What is the competition like at your current team and how does it compare to the other level you have played at?
DM: I am currently playing for the White Sands Pupfish out of New Mexico. I was traded from Na Koa Ikaika Maui drafted out of the AWL. This competition of baseball is equivalent to rookie and single A baseball. This is the highest level of competition I have played and there are still lots of things I need to learn.