My name is Andrew Steinhubel and I am a repeat Junior at the Winchendon School, graduating in 2021. I'm 6'7" tall, weigh 210 pounds, and I am a right-handed pitcher on the varsity team. Ever since I can remember, baseball has held a special place in my heart. My dad, who was born in Slovakia, didn’t grow up with American sports like football and baseball, so sitting down in front of the TV when he got home from work and explaining baseball’s every intricacy became a nightly ritual for me. I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to learn from so many talented coaches in my community and some amazing people that I’ve met during my athletic journey.
Baseball is my true passion, but I also enjoy playing basketball, having played on the varsity team last year at Waltham High. As part of the strength and conditioning program for my fall sport at Winchendon I am lifting at least five days a week with the team. I am also very interested in music and film production.
I’m proud of my ability to speak Slovak almost fluently. From the age of about four years old, I attended summer camp in Slovakia and was immersed in the language, forcing me to adapt to my surroundings. During my last camp experience in Slovakia when I was 14, I took it upon myself to teach a group of younger campers English in an informal setting. I taught these students how to play baseball; a sport that is not played in Slovakia. Since then I have taken a trip to Slovakia with two of my friends, me being the only one who spoke the language, and together we were able to navigate the country alone with ease. Overall, this life experience has taught me how to become part of a team and provided me with the tools to help me overcome fears, allowing me to excel.
I’m interested in pursuing a degree in either kinesiology or criminal justice. If a career in baseball doesn't materialize, I would like to work in physical therapy or become a lawyer.
My SAT score is an 1150, I plan to retake it again this year. Academically, I did not start out strong in high school, as balancing a rigorous set of courses and a busy after-school schedule proved to be very difficult and I had not yet learned how to manage my time. I have taught myself some organization skills over the past few months that have helped me overcome this challenge and my grades are on a steep upward climb. At Winchendon, with smaller classes and a very organized schedule for studying, I am thriving academically.
Ultimately, I want to assure any college coach who is interested in me that I will do anything I can for the betterment of the team and my community. My coaches know me as the guy who is always getting the team hyped up on the bench or on the field. My team is not just a team, I treat it as a family. I hope to do the same at my future college.