Get To Know The Baseball Signees: Ian Kendall

Nov. 24, 2009

Ian Kendall recently signed his national letter of intent to join the Oregon State baseball team for the 2011 season. He is a native of Ashland, Ore., the same area and high school as current Oregon State right-handed pitcher Sam Gaviglio.

Kendall was named the Southern Sky Conference's Player of the Year as an outfielder his junior campaign after batting .478 with six home runs and 28 RBI. He also pitched, going 6-1 with a 1.36 ERA.

The Ashland senior recently chatted with osubeavers.com to talk about his excitement of becoming a Beaver, what his goals for his senior season are and what he likes to do when he’s not playing baseball.

Q: What made you so interested in Oregon State? What was your biggest attraction to the school and the team?
Ian Kendall: “What made me so interested in Oregon State was the winning tradition that they have and, the coaches’ ability to improve you not only on the field but in the classroom as well. My biggest attraction to the school is it has been my dream school since I was in little league and when I went up for my official visit the team was very inviting and treated me as if I was already a part of the family.”

Q:  Tell me how it felt to sign your letter of intent? What was that experience like for you, your family and your friends?
Ian Kendall: “Signing my letter of intent was one of the best things that has happened in my life. Working so hard for so many years was all worth it just to sign that paper. The experience has been incredible, all my friends and family are very proud of me and are excited to see me progress as a student-athlete.”

Q:  Now that you have signed, what is your goal for your senior season?
Ian Kendall: “My goal for my senior year is to keep my grades up, keep working out in the weight room and, improve my baseball skills. I also want to win our third conference title in three years.”

Q:  What was your first impression of the coaching staff and how did that change, if any, during the recruiting process?
Ian Kendall: “The coaching staff is one of the best in the country. They have always made me feel comfortable to be and play around and my thought on them has never changed. They are an extraordinary group of coaches.”

Q:  What is your first memory of Oregon State and why?
Ian Kendall: “My first memory of Oregon State was when I went to a camp in 2006 after they won the National Championship. I was going into eighth grade and that was the first time that I knew I wanted to be a part of the program.”

Q:  Did you watch the 2005, 2006 and 2007 College World Series? What about Oregon State do you remember?
Ian Kendall: “I watched all three years they were in the World Series and. What I remember from it was that they were very talented and I especially remember Bill Rowe hitting a home run in the Championship game.”

Q:  What’s the thing you enjoy most about baseball and why?
Ian Kendall: “The things I enjoy most about baseball is when I’m on the field all of my thoughts about life are taken away. I don’t worry about anything else besides baseball. Also, playing with my friends and having the community’s support is another great attribute to the game.”

Q:  Who has been the most influential person in your life and why?
Ian Kendall: “Besides my parents, who have always been there for me, and my head coach Don Senestraro, and my pitching coach Chuck Thacker, I would say David Kitchell. David Kitchell was my freshman basketball coach who passed away from cancer two years ago after fighting it for more than five years. He is one of the greatest men I have ever met in my life and he influenced so many people in Ashland. He was a very loved man and will never be forgotten.”

Q:  What are some of the things you enjoy doing when you’re not playing baseball?
Ian Kendall: “I love hanging out with friends, working out, spending time with my family, and playing other sports.”

Q:  Are you a superstitious person? If so, what are some things you have to do every day or before a game?
Ian Kendall: “I’m not very superstitious off the field, but, every time I have come up to the plate since I was 12-years old I have tapped the plate before each at bat the exact same way.”

Q:  What is something that most people don’t know about you?
Ian Kendall: “I am a pretty open guy so there isn’t much more to know about me.”

Q:  If someone asked a good friend of yours to describe you, what do you think they would say?
Ian Kendall: “I would hope that they would say that I am a trustworthy person, I’m caring, and that I am an all-around good person.”

Q:  Are you someone who has been active in the community? If so, what are some of the things you have done in the past?
Ian Kendall: “For our High School we have to have 100 hours of community service to graduate so some of the things I have done include setting up sound systems for my mom to sing, helping out with Little League pitching clinics, umpiring and, working for various people in Ashland.”

Q:  I assume that playing Major League Baseball is a goal of yours, but what else would you want to do once your playing days are over? Do you know what you’d like to study at Oregon State?
Ian Kendall: “If baseball doesn’t work out for me I have always wanted to be involved in coaching. I am hoping to study business at Oregon State so that I can maybe get involved in sports management later on in life.”

The official home of Oregon State Athletics, osubeavers.com, will have more Q&A features with the Oregon State baseball signees. Make sure to check back often and read more about the players who will be wearing the orange and black in the future.

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