Q&A With Indiana University of PA Commit Dan Sepic

By Greg Williams
PA Director of Scouting

Dan SepicDan Sepic announced his commitment to play his college baseball at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) last week, adding to the growing list of prospects in the PA Class of 2014 rankings heading to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. IUP has now received commitments from six players in the rankings with Sepic (No. 74) being the highest ranked prospect among the group.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound RHP/SS has the potential to be a two-way player for the Crimson Hawks. Sepic participated as a member of Team Pennsylvania in the Big 26 Classic this past July and showed the athleticism to make an impact on the mound, sitting 84-86 and in the infield. Sepic has a big arm (84 mph) across the diamond and the size to play both positions on the left side of the infield.

Sepic spoke to Prep Baseball Report about his plans to attend IUP and the process that led to his decision.

PBR:  Where have you decided to attend college and why did you make this choice?

Sepic: I have decided to attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I made this choice because it felt like the right fit for me personally. I also chose IUP because they are giving me the opportunity to be a dual player by pitching and playing the field.

PBR:  What other schools were you considering?

Sepic: I was also considering Pittsburgh, Penn State, St. Joes, and Shippensburg.

PBR:  Was distance from home a factor in your decision?

Sepic: No,  I felt that IUP was the right school for me no matter the distance.

PBR:  Where did the coaches first see you?  How did your relationship develop with their coaching staff?

Sepic: Coach Ditch, the Head Coach at IUP, saw me play at the Big 26 event this past summer. He really liked what I showed on the mound and in the field too. My relationship with him and the coaching staff couldn’t be better, I’ve already visited three times and I am planning to visit again very shortly.

PBR:  What role do the coaches expect you to play your first year on campus?

Sepic: The coaches expect me to play as a pitcher/3rd basemen. I hope to make an immediate impact on the team as soon as I get there.

PBR:  What is your biggest strength as a player and how do you feel that will help your team?

Sepic: I think my biggest strength is being a good team player. I always support my teammates and I would do anything for any one of them. I also feel that my competiveness will drive not just myself, but the other players on the team.

PBR:  Who do you play for in the summer and what was your most memorable experience from this past summer?

Sepic: I played for the Mid-Atlantic Rookies showcase baseball team and my local American Legion team in the summer. My most memorable moment this past summer was going to Florida with my dad and playing my last travel baseball tournament with the Rookies.  It was a great experience to play with some of the best players from around the US and be able to succeed against them.

PBR:  What is your current GPA?

Sepic: My current GPA is 3.7.

PBR:  Now that you have your commitment out of the way, what are your goals both individually and for the team going into your senior season?

Sepic: I have a lot of goals for this spring. Personally, I want to pitch very well and hit the ball hard in as many at bats as possible. Our team hasn’t made districts in either my sophomore or junior years and I really want to change that in my senior year. I feel like we have a strong team, but we need to come together as a group if we want to be successful and I plan on being that leader to take us to districts.

PBR: How did Prep Baseball Report aid you in gaining exposure as a potential college baseball recruit?

Sepic:  Prep Baseball Report helped me gain exposure as a potential college baseball recruit by providing my stats and all of my other information to the colleges that were interested in me. PBR is very good at getting travel baseball players recognized by many colleges.

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