Minford’s McCormick signs with Rio Grande


By Jacob Smith - jsmith@aimmediamidwest.com



Minford senior Nathan McCormick (center) signed his letter of intent to join the baseball team at the University of Rio Grande beginning in the ‘20-21 academic year.

Minford senior Nathan McCormick (center) signed his letter of intent to join the baseball team at the University of Rio Grande beginning in the ‘20-21 academic year.


Jacob Smith | Daily Times

MINFORD – At his signing ceremony on Wednesday, Minford senior Nathan McCormick became the newest Falcon and to sign his collegiate letter of intent with the University of Rio Grande’s baseball team beginning with the 2020-21 academic year.

“This feels great, it’s something I’ve worked really hard for,” McCormick said at his signing ceremony. “It’s taken a lot of time to get here. I went from almost not playing my freshman year to now never being more excited to play in my life.”

During his time at Minford, McCormick has been a member of the Falcons’ 2018 Division III Regional Championship team under head coach Aaron Hopper and the Falcons’ 2019 Division III Regional Runner-Up team under head coach Anthony Knittel, as well as a four-year varsity basketball player under coach Josh Shoemaker.

McCormick plans to reunite and become roommates with Falcon teammates Reid Shultz and Darius Jordan, 2019 Minford graduates who also played key roles on Minford’s most recent championship teams.

“Get to go play with Reid (Shultz) and Darius (Jordan), and actually get to be roommates with them,” McCormick said. “I’m excited to be able to continue playing with some of my best friends.”

The ultimate selling point for the Minford senior on becoming a member of the RedStorm? The attitude Rio Grande coach Brad Warnimont brings and how similar that is to the experiences he has had under two coaches as a Falcon.

“Coach (Brad) Warnimont reminds me a lot of Coach (Aaron) Hopper and Coach (Anthony) Knittel in how he runs his program,” McCormick said. “Their program is very similar to here at Minford. I love the intensity they bring, and they’re there to win games.”

McCormick plans to major in business management and minor in accounting upon enrolling at the University of Rio Grande this Fall.

“Having everyone here to help celebrate is great, they’ve helped support me through everything,” McCormick said of having his friends and family at Wednesday’s ceremony. “My teammates and buddies have been here through everything. My parents were big in helping me decide where I wanted to go, what was the right fit for me. They’ve supported me one-hundred percent.”

*Note: This story will apppear in Friday’s edition of the Daily Times*

Minford senior Nathan McCormick (center) signed his letter of intent to join the baseball team at the University of Rio Grande beginning in the ‘20-21 academic year.
https://www.portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2020/01/web1_Minford-McCormick-signing.jpgMinford senior Nathan McCormick (center) signed his letter of intent to join the baseball team at the University of Rio Grande beginning in the ‘20-21 academic year. Jacob Smith | Daily Times

By Jacob Smith

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