Senior Hilltopper baseball pitcher Connor Clark has been playing ball for practically his whole life, and although he’ll be leaving West Liberty University’s pitching mound soon, he doesn’t plan on leaving the hilltop in the near future.
Clark is majoring in biology, and he plans on attending West Liberty’s Physician Assistant Program after graduation. Like most students, it took him a while to figure out just what he wants to do once his undergraduate career is over.
“I’ve always been interested in science, so when I came to West Lib, I thought a biology major would be the best fit for me,” Clark said. “I also always had an interest in healthcare, but until recently, I didn’t know what I wanted to do in the field.”
“Until the season started, I worked as a Scribe at Wheeling Hospital, and last summer I worked in Dr. Horzempa’s lab doing research,” he said. After some time, being a PA spoke to him, and he’ll soon make the jump from undergrad to graduate studies. “I start this summer and I’m really looking forward to it,” Clark added.
But before that, Clark still gets to enjoy one more season with his boys on the diamond.
Clark is from Parsippany, N.J., and he graduated from Parsippany Hills High School, where he was named pitcher of the year during his sophomore year. “I started playing baseball in kindergarten,” Clark said, “but I started throwing a ball with my dad long before that.”
He made the trek to West Liberty from New Jersey by following in some of his family’s footsteps.
“My grandfather and his sister both went here, so I first heard about it through them,” he said. “I contacted coach Burkle and sent him a recruiting video, and he brought me out on a visit.” A few years went by, and he’s now playing in his final Hilltopper baseball season.
Attending college from a few states away makes some feel like an outsider, but that’s the opposite of Clark’s case.
“Coming here from NJ, I didn’t know anyone. These guys brought me in like family,” Clark said. “I’m happy to say I’ve met some lifelong friends here, and hopefully we can do something special this year. We have a lot of potential and I’m looking forward to seeing what we’re capable of.”
Off the field, Clark really enjoys his music. He plays the guitar, and his favorite genre is alternative rock. “No one in my van lets me play music,” he joked. He’s also hooked on Netflix’s “Shameless.”
His loyalty always stands with his team, and he plans enjoying the rest of what this season has to offer.
“This year, I really want to get to know my teammates and spend my last year with my friends on the field,” Clark said. “I’m excited to make a conference tournament run with them.”