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Transylvania baseball captain knocks it out of the park on his way to becoming a lawyer


Rising senior Hudson Chastain has established himself as a leader in the classroom and on the baseball diamond, finding that Transylvania allows him to be at his best in all facets of his college career.

Starting with his sophomore campaign, where he broke the school’s single-season hits record, the infielder from Knoxville, Tennessee, became considered one of the best hitters in all of the NCAA Division III. He followed that up with a junior season shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic where he batted .447 — the fifth-highest average in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

But his prowess wasn’t limited to athletics. His 4.0 GPA in the winter term earned him a spot on the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-America Third Team, just the second baseball player in school history to receive the honor. Chastain, an accounting major and history minor, plans to go to law school after graduation.

“I feel like Transy has thoroughly prepared me for law school,” he says. “Being at a school where 100% of students are admitted to law school who are recommended, I feel completely ready to balance my school and my social life in law school as I have at Transy.”

Chastain also serves as the Student-Athlete Advisory co-president and is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society and the Transylvania Accounting Club. He also serves as the dean of students for the Student Advisory Council. It makes for a challenging schedule, balancing academic, co-curricular and athletic excellence, but Chastain notes that he’s always been able to work closely with his professors and coaches to make sure each field gets the attention it needs.

“Transy does an excellent job balancing sports and academics, making sure they do what’s best for the students, which means focusing on academics first. Professors help when you need to miss class for sports, but more importantly they’re always there.”Transy is the perfect place for student-athletes to excel at their sport while getting an education that will guide them toward success in whatever field they choose. Apply today to join the Class of 2025 and find out what Pioneers are really made of.

Hudson Chastain