Student-Athlete Spotlight

Andrew Murnane, W'18 - Baseball

1. Name: Andrew Murnane

2. Class Year: 2018

3. Sport: Baseball

4. Position: Centerfield

5. Why did you choose Penn?
I chose Penn because it was, and has proven to be, the perfect mix that I was looking for in a university. I think it would be tough to find a place with a better combination of top tier education, competitive athletics, and such a social and diverse student body. As soon as I toured Penn’s campus for the first time with Coach Yurkow in the summer of 2013, I knew it was where I wanted to be.

6. What does the experience of being a Penn Baseball student-athlete mean to you?
My career as a Penn Baseball student-athlete has been the best experience of my life, but that’s not to say it hasn’t been one of the toughest as well. A lot of people outside of athletics don’t fully understand what a big time commitment being a student-athlete at a school like Penn really is, especially during the season. It can be tough to manage it all at times, but the real-world communication, time management, and team building skills I have learned thanks to this program have been priceless. 

7. What would you say to the donors who invest in your experience as a Baseball student-athlete?
I would say a few things. The first obviously being a huge thank you from myself and all of my teammates. There are so many expenses that go into making our program run smoothly and help us as players have the best experience we can. I guarantee that without your investments and donations in the program, I would not have had as great of an experience as I have had so far. I see firsthand the impact your time and financial support have on our program, and it drives me to want to donate when I become an alum as well.

8. What has been your favorite moment/memory with Penn Baseball?
Beating Columbia in a one game playoff to win the Lou Gehrig Division last year.

9. What does life after Penn look like?
I’m still trying to figure that out.  I have really enjoyed going to school in a city the last few years, so I think I would like to continue living in one at least for a little while. In terms of what I’d like to do, I’m pretty sure I would like to pursue a career in general management. I love leading and being part of a team so that is an important consideration. I also enjoyed helping to start a small business while I was at Penn, so working for a smaller organization is another possibility. In general, I’m open to pursuing a variety of things.

10. What are some lessons that you have learned through athletics at Penn that will stay with you after graduation?
Through being one of the senior leaders of the team this year I’ve learned that open and honest communication is vital to the health of any team/organization. Acting as that bridge between the coaches and players has opened my eyes up to how important this is and how easy it is for things to get lost in translation. Being able to work through this and help to better facilitate communication between players, and coaches and players is something I could never have learned in a classroom. I have also learned the true value of being on a team. Fully understanding and buying into the belief that the team is above any one individual, and at the end of the day, the success of the team is the only thing that matters is something I’ll be able to take into my career, family life, and beyond.