Truman's Dylan Jackson to Play Baseball at Chestnut Hill

On Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, Harry S Truman senior Dylan Jackson was recognized for committing to continue his baseball career at Chestnut Hill College. To view photos of the event, please visit the Photo Gallery.

Dylan Jackson – Chestnut Hill College (Baseball)

Major:  Business Management

Final list of colleges:  Chestnut Hill, East Stroudsburg, Millersville

Reasons for choosing Millersville:  “I went down for a camp one weekend, and the coach explained everything really well. The camp was well thought out. He had the kids that were formerly on the team talk to my parents, and my parents were really convinced by how the teammates treated each other – they treat each other like family. They carpool to the field because our practice field is 15 minutes away – that way we don’t have take the trolley. There’s a good brotherhood there. The coach never lied to me, and it felt like home.”

What was the progression that led you to competing in baseball at the collegiate level?  “I grew up with my dad teaching me how to play baseball when I was four years old. I played at Levittown International Little League, and once I was 10 years old, I went over to Levittown American to start playing travel for a friend’s dad who started a travel team. From there, I progressed to play Croydon in-house and travel as well as legion and school ball in middle school. When I got to Truman, I decided to play baseball my freshman year. I played a couple games of varsity and some jayvee. My sophomore year, I underwent a surgery on my knee, and I sat out the whole year. I came back for legion season with my coach, who is my school coach as well. From there on, I always knew I wanted to succeed in baseball and go to college and play baseball. I felt like it was a part of my life and what I needed to do as well as academically. Last year, I made a return to high school baseball. I hit my first home run, and I’ve just been addicted to playing baseball my whole life pretty much.”

Coach Tim Monaghan says:  “Dylan is unique in that he’s overcome a lot of adversity. He was fortunate enough to get a little bit of playing time as a freshman. He had a knee injury that required surgery. He loves the game and he loves sports, and even when he was unavailable and he missed that whole season, he was at ever practice and every winter workout. He was thirsty and hungry to come back and make an impact. Last year coming off that injury, he was still a main cog in our lineup. It took him a little bit to kind of get back in the flow. He was someone we relied on heavily last year, and he was a big part in us returning back to the playoffs for the first time in a while. I’m really excited for him to have this opportunity to play at the next level as well as seeing him through his senior year. I was fortunate enough to have him as a student and as a player. His work ethic in the classroom and the type of student that he is – he’s a great example of the type of student-athlete we want to have here at Truman.”

About Dylan:
Favorite food: 
Tacos
Favorite TV show: The Purge Series
Favorite music:  “I listen to any kind of music. It depends on what kind of mood I’m in – nighttime, it’s country, and daytime, if I’m trying to get hyped up before a game, I’ll listen to hip hop/rap.”