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Senior Spotlight: Matthew Simone

By: Samantha McGarry

A transfer from Iona College, Matthew Simone played his first season with the Pioneers baseball team in 2011. Last season, he played in 43 games, scored 27 runs, and maintained a .961 fielding percentage. While at Iona, Simone batted .256 in 39 games played. So far, in 2012, he has  batted .283 and collected 15 hits, good for 3rd on the team.

Sport – Baseball

Position – Outfield/ Catcher

Major – Marketing

Hometown – West Islip, NY

High School –St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School

What made you choose to come to LIU Post?

After being unhappy at my previous school, LIU Post met everything I was looking for in a University.

What do you think the top priority of a college athlete should be?

The top priorities of college athletes should be to always try to be a leader, to always push yourself to your max, and to always try to get the best out of your teammates.

If you had to describe your team in three words, what would they be?

Hard working, go-getters, and jokesters

What is your favorite part about being a student athlete?

Playing in a great sports environment and receiving support from all the athletic teams here at LIU Post.

Who is your favorite pro athlete and why?

Nick Swisher. Nick Swisher is my favorite athlete because he is great to watch on the field and is always smiling [and] having a great time playing baseball.

Any favorite pro sport teams?

New York Yankees, New York Jets

What are your plans after graduation?

I am undecided if I will come back for my master’s and play as a grad. student at the current moment.

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