UC Scholar-Athlete of the Month for April
By: Michelle Hausman
After starting all 56 games as an outfielder and designated hitter, Justin Glass was named to All- BIG EAST First Team while also maintaining an impressive 3.2 grade point average. His hard work and dedication on the field and in the classroom has earned him the title of UC Scholar- Athlete of the Month for April.
A native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Justin chose the University of Cincinnati for their academics and great athletic facilities. He was ranked the sixth best pro prospect in the Great Lakes League by Baseball America as well as the eighth best by Perfect Game while playing for Cincinnati Steam of the Great Lakes Collegiate League during the summer of 2012.
During the 2011 season, Justin was named Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American and selected to the 2011 All-BIG EAST Second Team. He started all 57 games as designated hitter and totaled 45 RBIs, 14 doubles, and 4 home runs. He accumulated a .326 batting average and was named to the BIG EAST/ Big Ten Challenge All-Tournament Team on February 21, 2011. During his sophomore year at UC, Glass was named to All-BIG EAST First Team after starting all 56 games as an outfielder and designated hitter. He was one of six BIG EAST players to finish among conference leaders in batting average (.366 – 4th) and steals (15 – t-11th). Justin’s 83 hits are 13th all-time in the UC single-season record book, while his 21 doubles are tied for fourth. Adding to his impressive record, he placed sixth in the conference and was named to the April 2 BIG EAST Conference Honor Roll for his performance March 28-April1 when he recorded a .500 batting average with one homerun and nine RBIs.
Despite all of his success in his first two years here at UC, Justin says his athletic personal best is his “ability to work hard day in and day out. I focus on the task at hand and always give my full effort everyday on and off the field.” He admits the biggest challenge of being a student athlete is doing school work when they’re in season and putting forth his best effort after games and long trips. When asked for advice for other student athletes, Justin shares, “You have to organize and keep track of your time perfectly because if you fall behind, it is extremely hard to catch up.”
As a student in the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, Justin Glass is majoring in Sports Administration. After graduation, he hopes to continue to play baseball until he opens his own business where he can share his talents by giving lessons or work in Major League Baseball. His favorite part about his major is being surrounded by sports whether it’s playing or working the business aspect of them. Justin’s hard work in the classroom has paid off as he made BIG EAST All-Academic Team his first two years and is very hopeful this year will be his third.
Son of Brad and Tammi Glass, Justin attended Carroll High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Here, he won Indiana Class 4A state championship his senior year and set Carroll High School’s single-season records with 53 hits, 16 home runs, and a .510 batting average in 2010. Justin’s numerous other achievements on the field include being named a Louisville Slugger All-American, Fort Wayne Prep Baseball Player of the Year, and First Team All-State 4A selection.