Young Alumni Step Up to the Plate

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Brett Peiffer ’04, Will DuBose, and Steve Aldrich ’02

A group of young alumni have created a scholarship to support Davidson baseball—the centerpiece of their own student experience—and to honor “the best team member” they could ever ask for.
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By Meg Kimmel

At a rainy Davidson football game in 1969 with his little brother, Richard ’84, mom, Sally, and dad, Bill ’50, young Will DuBose saw Gordon Slade ’70 march the ’Cats to the Southern Conference Championship with a win over the Richmond Spiders. His passion for the Wildcats was ignited.

The longtime baseball equipment manager first joined the Davidson family in 1983, when he was offered an internship in the athletic department. Over the years, DuBose has worked with many teams, but early on, his primary focus was Wildcat baseball. “Will probably doesn’t realize the example he sets for every player he comes in contact with, just by being there for them every day, doing his job consistently and consistently well,” says head coach Dick Cooke. “Very simply, he is Davidson baseball.”

Former players Steve Aldrich ’02 and Matt Hanson ’05 agree, and got the ball rolling through the Davidson Scholars Program, recruiting eight fellow alumni to fund the first Will DuBose Scholar, Andrew Barna ’13. Today, with DuBose Scholar Dan Mooney ’14 on the mound, they have reached out to more baseball alumni and raised more than $150,000 in pledges to endow the scholarship.

“We know that scholarship players make a high impact on the team,” said Aldrich. “And we want other players to have the amazing experience we had with Coach Cooke—and with Will.”

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