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Pitcher catches full-time job

Posted by on June 13, 2018

For Jacob Stockman, it was a senior year focused on the classroom, the pitcher’s mound and a summer camp in Arkansas. The mathematics major and 2018 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Pitcher of the Year has landed a full-time position with a new team: Camp Ozark.

Stockman’s journey to the camp, located in the Ouachita National Forest in Arkansas, began last summer when he worked as a camp counselor. He liked the experience so much that he pursued a permanent position with
the organization.

Now Stockman is sharing his Camp Ozark experience with other college students as a staff recruiter. He’s visiting colleges and universities in the South and Southeast helping to fill summer staff positions at the camp. This summer, he will be responsible for a specific part of the camp and the staff who work in that area.

Stockman believes his time as an AU student-athlete prepared him well for his new position. “I’ve learned how to work with others and play to a group’s strengths,” he said. “My AU coaches mentored me about the importance of managing my time and maintaining a positive attitude. I’ve also learned how to lead others and be a mentor to those around me.”

Studying mathematics has also been an advantage. “Learning how to solve different problems and being challenged outside of my comfort zone prepared me for management,” said Stockman. That positive attitude about education is also why he was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America District VII Academic All-District Team.