Central Penn College February 2017 Athletes of the Month

By Murray Ruggiero, Student Reporter

Nashae Glover

Nashae Glover has been named the February Athlete of the Month. Nashae, who goes by Shae in the campus community, is from Philadelphia, Pa. She went to Mastery Charter High School-Shoemaker Campus and is a criminal justice major. She has always loved sports and is a three-sport athlete at Central Penn College playing basketball, cross country and soccer.

Glover has been an active member of the campus community, serving in the Student Alumni Association (SAA), Student Government Association (SGA) and on the Activities Advisory Board (AAB). She also works two jobs while being a full-time student athlete. One of these jobs includes working in the Knight & Day Café. Balancing college, athletics and work is not easy for Glover.

“Time management is everything,” says Glover. “It’s easy to fall behind, but I try hard to stay ahead of things.”

Glover has been a part of the Knights basketball program for two years. She ran for Central Penn’s cross country team last fall and played for the soccer team whenever possible with her busy schedule. She has been a valuable member of women’s athletics at Central Penn, playing all three sports at a consistently high level, but basketball has always been Glover’s true love.

“It’s not always about getting 20 points a game,” says Glover. “It’s the little things that count. That’s what I tell myself before every game.”

"Shae has been instrumental to us in turning around the mind-frame of the women's basketball team," says Kasey Hicks, CPC women's basketball coach. "She's been my #1 go to. She continues to put her teammates and the growth of this program first by exemplifying hard work and dedication. It's almost like she is the "face" of our team and I'm constantly proud to have her represent us. She's an awesome athlete and even better young woman. I'm blessed to call her a part of my Central Penn family!"

Glover leads the Central Penn basketball team in assists and is currently ranked #39 in USCAA Division II in assists. The assist statistic describes Glover very well. She puts others first as she supports all the other intercollegiate athletic events by attending all the games she can, even those she doesn’t participate in.

Braedon Thomas

Braedon Thomas has been named the February Athlete of the Month. Braedon grew up in Harrisburg, Pa., attended Central Dauphin High School and is majoring in business administration with a concentration in marketing. He started playing baseball at the age of 10 and played football and basketball growing up.

Thomas makes the word student in front of athlete his top priority. He has made the Dean’s List all 11 terms he has been at Central Penn College. He has been named to the National All-Academic team for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Balancing college, baseball and work is not easy for Thomas, but “it is worth it.”

Central Penn’s accelerated schedule of terms has allowed Thomas to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in just three years, finishing his coursework after the spring term. Thomas has been a part of the intercollegiate baseball program all three years with the Knights.

“Thomas has been a valuable asset to the baseball team because he is able to play multiple positions,” says Harry Hitz, CPC baseball coach.

“I love the game of baseball because this is where I went to escape any troubles growing up,” says Thomas. “I love all aspects of the game and try to bring a smile and fire to my teammates.”

Thomas’s hobbies outside of baseball include cooking, playing and following all sports, and adding to his unique sock collection, “that his head coach loves.”

Thomas said his inspiration is a close family friend that he considers his mother, “Momma Pumpkin.” Growing up he had to overcome a lot of adversity and after dealing with injuries and other things he quit baseball after his junior year in high school and had no desire to go to college. After talking it over with Momma Pumpkin and getting her advice on how adversity will make you a stronger man, four years later he almost has his bachelor’s degree in business and has returned to playing baseball.