The first ever fall update from Head Coach Ed Mathey on the NIU Baseball Podcast.
GRAYSLAKE NORTH HIGH SCHOOL: Team captain during senior year ... Three year varsity letter winner ... Awarded hitter of the year in 2013 ... Named to the Fox Valley Coaches First Team his junior and senior years ... Competed in 29 games in his final season, recording four home runs, 43 hits, with a 37 RBI and .478 batting average ... Helped his team to the very first Conference championship in the school's history.
PERSONAL/MISCELLANEOUS: Born April 30, 1995 ... Son of Kim and Allan Russell ... Honor roll student in junior and senior season ... Member of the Public Service Practicum ... Recorded 50 plus hours of community service during senior year ... Enjoys fresh and salt water fishing ... Intends on majoring in business ... Played for the Kenosha Indians AAU baseball team in his summers ... Admires Derek Jeter for "his ability on the field and contributions off the field."