Dylan Craig played baseball for the Bruins from 2009-2012 and ended his career as one of the top offensive players in school history. A three-time All-Atlantic Sun performer and the 2009 A-Sun Freshman of the Year, Craig finished his career ranked first in school history in at-bats (950), hits (327), and triples (23). He also ranks second in runs scored and sixth in batting average. He was also instrumental in the program’s back to back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2011 and 2012. Dylan recently spoke to BelmontBruins.com about his collegiate experience and his present life in Nashville.
Why did you choose Belmont?
I chose Belmont because I wanted to attend a private college with Christian roots where I could grow educationally and personally. It was a perfect fit being only two hours from my home in Chattanooga. I also wanted to join a baseball program where I could earn my chance to start and contribute in a positive way.
What is your fondest athletic memory at Belmont?
This has got to be my junior year where we squeaked into the Atlantic Sun Conference ranked in sixth place. We proceeded to beat everyone who we faced and took the championship. We advanced to the regional play here in Nashville, at Vanderbilt, where we beat Troy and Oklahoma State to advance to finals where Vanderbilt put us out. That time was such a thrill. It was a great experience to play in the NCAA regionals.
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Belmont?
It wouldn’t be fair just to pick one person. My now wife, Anna Kate, my family, my now in-laws always helped keep me positive and support all I did. My coaches and the staff in the athletic offices (Colette, John, Renee, and Heather) made sure I had everything I needed to succeed. My professors were more than supportive of my busy travel schedule and helping me with any work I needed to make up.
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Belmont?
I learned to live in the moment. Be patient. Failure is a necessity on the path to success. I gained my wife, which is by far the most valuable thing I gained from Belmont!
What advice would you give to current members of the baseballl team?
Live in the moment. Have fun. Keep the game simple. Pursue your dreams and don’t give up.
Who was your favorite professor and why?
All my professors were great but Dr. Alison Moore was one of my favorites. She had a wonderful personality and supported me through all 4 years at Belmont. She was my Chemistry teacher and helped me achieve my Chemistry degree. She always was willing to help me with whatever I needed.
Where do you live now?
Who is your employer?
I work for a local IT solution provider called WrightCore. I am an Account Executive. I work with companies across all business verticals to help procure, implement, and consult on all aspects of IT.
Tell us about your family.
My wife, Anna Kate, another Belmont alum live here in Nashville, TN. We got married in June 2015 and bought our own place shortly after.