Aldie, VA (August 2, 2016) – John Champe rising senior Yareb Martinez has commit to play baseball for Georgetown University beginning the 2017/2018 academic school year.
“It felt like a mountain of stress just melted off my shoulders after I commit to Georgetown, shared Martinez. All those long hours of studying, training for baseball and time spent in the batting cages until midnight really paid off.”
Located in a historic neighborhood in the nation’s capital and overlooking the Potomac River, Georgetown University offers rigorous academic programs, a global perspective, and exciting ways to take advantage of Washington, D.C. Georgetown is comprised of several undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools, including the highly ranked Robert Emmett McDonough School of Business, Law Center, School of Medicine, School of Nursing and Health Studies, and the McCourt School of Public Policy. The U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 edition of Best Colleges in the Nation ranks Georgetown #21.
“My recruiting experience was stressful, said Martinez. Not because schools weren’t calling to me, rather it was stressful waiting for the right call. When Georgetown called and said they wanted me to be a part of their team, I knew it was the right time to commit. Georgetown had everything that I was looking for in a school – its academics are amongst the best in the nation, it has a great coaching staff and D1 baseball program, and it is close to home. I also respected how the coaching staff had been honest with me since day-one.”
Martinez’ head baseball coach will be Pete Wilk. Pete Wilk will enter his 18th season as the head coach of the Georgetown baseball program after taking over duties in the Fall of 1999. On the field, the Hoyas have become a competitive program in the always-tough BIG EAST Conference, and his 348 wins make him the all-time winningest coach in program history. Off the field, his teams have been successful in the classroom and are involved in the community, both on and off-campus. In 2015, Wilk led the Hoyas to a 25-28 overall record and qualified for the BIG EAST Championships for the first time in 29 years.
“Going into my first year, I want to learn from both my teammates and the coaching staff on how to succeed in baseball at the collegiate level. I want to develop into an elite college athlete. If I get the opportunity to start my freshman year, I will accept that blessing, be ready to play, and represent my school well.”
Martinez has played baseball since the age of three. Asked about some of his fondest memories around the diamond, Martinez shared multiple high school memories. “My fondest memories of playing baseball include beating Kettle Run with a walk-off steal at home plate on our Diamond Dreams game night my sophomore season. That made us the team to beat in the conference! Also, beating Freedom to advance to the Conference Championship during my junior season was great too. Even though we lost the two regular season games to them, we won the most important one. Also memorable was returning from injury seven weeks into my junior season when we went up against Fauquier, and getting a hit on my first swing back. That was big for me because it showed how much I really wanted to return to the field and help the team win. Lastly, the bonds made with my teammates that I competed with on a weekly basis were memorable too, because that time is so limited.”
“I would like to thank God for the blessing of playing baseball, shared Yareb. I am thankful for my family who no matter what, have always been by my side. My dad would come home from work and we would go straight to the batting cages and spend long hours practicing so I could get better. My mom always encouraged me to work hard; she always came to my games and took me to practice. My sister could’ve been home or with her friends, but instead, she cheered me on at tournaments, supporting me in every single game. I am also thankful for all of my friends, and everyone that supported me throughout the recruiting process.
I am also thankful for all of my coaches. My John Champe coaches – Coach McDonald, Coach Moreland and Coach Fetterman for trusting me and allowing me to play shortstop since I became a freshman. I’d also like to thank my Stars Baseball 17U travel team coaches – Coach Wrighte, Coach Colangelo, Coach Carroll, Coach Ferrick, and Coach Smith. I would also like to thank Coach Sam Plank, who I had the opportunity to play for in the past. All of those guys have supported me and had a big impact on my baseball career.”
Asked what advice he’d share with other pursuing their dream, Yareb shared, “Keep your grades up because that opens up a lot of opportunities in the recruiting process. Never stop dreaming, always work as hard, and push yourself, and sooner or later, those dreams will become reality.”
Please join us in wishing Yareb Martinez the very best in his success on the baseball diamond, and in the classroom as he pursues a Biology degree en route to medical school.