Robert “Robbie” Edwards wrapped up his Thomas Nelson Community College baseball career on a high note with selection as a first team National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III All-Region 10 catcher. This marks the 2017 Thomas Nelson graduate’s second consecutive year earning the honor.
In two years on the Gator baseball squad, Edwards hit seven homeruns and batted in 60 runs. He also placed second among Region 10 Player of the Year nominees this year.
Edwards, a Hampton resident, is pleased with the NJCAA recognition and its positive impact on Thomas Nelson athletics. “I feel good about it. I think it’s a great example for people coming after me to see the success that the College is having in athletics,” he said.
While he is grateful for the opportunities Thomas Nelson baseball afforded, Edwards is also glad to have begun his higher education journey at the College. “Academically [Thomas Nelson] helped me grow up a little bit right out of high school. I don’t think I was ready for a university. Thomas Nelson helped me realize that and allowed me to build up to where I am now, graduating. Athletically, it helped me hone my skills letting me get better so that I can get to the next level,” he added.
He is completing the remaining credits for an Associate of Science degree in Business Administration and weighing his options for the future. And, the field is wide open for the Kecoughtan High School graduate’s next step as he’s been accepted to Radford University, Norfolk State University, Virginia Wesleyan, Liberty University and Virginia Commonwealth University.
Thomas Nelson’s baseball team joined the NJCAA in the 2015-2016 academic year. In addition to baseball, the College provides non-NJCAA-member intramural and intercollegiate sports including men’s and women’s basketball and cheerleading.