By Tom Ramstetter
Web Marketing + Communications
Senior Zac Asman had a fantastic spring at NKU — on the baseball field and in the classroom.
Asman, a 23-year-old senior nursing major and Norse second baseman from Cincinnati, earned a 3.38 GPA during the spring semester and became the first NKU baseball player to been named to the Atlantic Sun Baseball Academic All-Conference team.
He also completed his final season for the Norse with a .308 batting average, 15 doubles, two triples and a home run, driving in 24 runs and leading the team with 34 runs and nine stolen bases. He joined Cole Bauml on the All-Atlantic Sun second team.
Hard work pays off.
“If I am not on the baseball field getting some practice in or in the batting cages working on my hitting, I am either in class or in the library studying and working on my academics,” Zac says. “You have to be very committed to both your academics and sports which make it tough, but if you have the passion and drive for both you are able to succeed.”
There is a major time commitment involved in being both a successful student and a Division I college baseball player, especially a player enrolled in NKU’s prestigious Bachelor of Science in nursing program.
“Zac has been a leader both on the field and in the classroom for us,” NKU baseball coach Todd Asalon said. “He has been able to successfully balance both athletics and academics while taking very tough nursing classes.
"I know I speak for the entire baseball program when I say that we are very proud of his accomplishments and the way he represents NKU.”
Again, hard work pays off.
“Although nursing school has been difficult at times, I have enjoyed every moment of it and the clinical experiences have been eye-opening,” Zac says. “My professors have all been so great and understanding of my situation being a student athlete. Many times they have to sacrifice their time outside of the classroom to go over work that I may have missed during class due to games out of town and I am extremely grateful for that. I am in my last semester of nursing school and can't wait to pursue my career as a nurse.”
Zac says his best experiences as a student have been the clinical experiences at the hospitals that are part of his degree work.
“Whether my patients and their family members know it or not, they make me a better person every day,” Zac says. “To see their strength as they battle through their injuries and illnesses makes me further appreciate what I have been so fortunate to have — school, baseball, friends, good health, and my family. To be able to help someone in need is very self-rewarding. Whether that is help as severe as performing CPR or as little as getting them a cup of water.”
His favorite baseball moments are a bit tougher and are mostly off the field — in the locker room, on the bus, or in the hotel rooms on road trips.
“I am very fortunate to have experienced playing in the NCAA tournament twice, competed at the DI level, traveled throughout the country, and made friendships that will last forever,” Zac says.
So would he recommend NKU to prospective student-athletes?
“That’s an easy question,” Zac says. “I would definitely recommend them to come to NKU. NKU has a lot to offer between its excellent academic and athletic programs to its campus activities and staff members who truly care about their students. The staff at NKU takes pride in its student-athletes and they are excellent at helping you manage your time between sports and academics.
“I am so thankful for my four years at Northern Kentucky as a student-athlete and wish future students the best of luck. Go Norse!”