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Chris Haddeland ’15 Sport: Baseball Hometown: McMinnville Major: Mass communication and business management Final season: It’s exciting heading into my senior season. It’s great to see how far my teammates and I have come over the course of our Linfield careers, and hopefully we’ll see continued success. Favorite achievement? Winning the National Championship in 2013. There’s nothing like earning the title of best team in the nation. Why Linfield? Growing up in McMinnville with my Mom (Patty Haddeland, director of student health, wellness and counseling) working on campus, I was exposed throughout my life to the Linfield community. The closeness of the Linfield students and faculty helped make my decision, along with a great baseball program and caring professors. Favorite aspect of Linfield? This school has helped me succeed not only on the field and in the classroom, but has allowed me to make great friendships that I will have for the rest of my life. Secret to balancing sports and academics? Time management. Being able to stay organized and come up with a schedule that accommodates for the time needed to be successful in both arenas has helped me learn and develop into a better student, baseball player and person. Learned from baseball? Baseball is the sport that I believe relates to life more than any other game. Baseball has taught me to work hard, and deal with success and failure. Doing everything right doesn’t necessarily mean success, but putting in the work and continuing to battle despite the results is something every baseball player learns and can use throughout their life. Future plans? My dream is to play professional baseball. If I am unable to make this dream a reality I would like to work in the communications field through journalism or public relations with a sports focus. Winter 2015 l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e - 2 3 Although somewhat bittersweet, the accolades for the team have piled up. Coach Joseph Smith ’93 was named D3football.com’s national Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the American Football Coaches Association Coach of the Year award. Defensive Coordinator Jackson Vaughan ’97 was selected as the NCAA Division III Defensive Coordinator of the Year by website FootballScoop. Three Linfield defensive players earned All-America recognition this fall. Linfield defensive end Alex Hoff ’16 was a consensus All-American by American Football Coaches Association, D3football.com and the Associated Press. Defensive tackle Jeremy Girod ’15 and safety Jordan Giza ’15 were second-team All-America on D3football.com. Wildcats center Jeremy Patrick ’15 received third team All-America honors from D3football.com. Drawing honorable mention All-America acclaim was offensive tackle Steven Schultz ’15. Moore’s memory will live on at Linfield and his No. 35 jersey will continue to see playing time. Beginning next season, the defensive player who best exemplifies Moore’s ideals and work ethic will be selected to wear Moore’s jersey. “From here on out,” Smith said, “it will be an honor to wear 35.”


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