MARCH 2015

Hersey named 2015 Tindall Scholarship recipient

Dustin Hersey  scholarship recipient

St. Johns River State College pitcher Dustin Hersey was named the 2015 recipient of the John C. Tindall Endowed Scholarship. The sophomore from Lake Butler will further his education in sports management at Florida State University this fall.

Ross Jones, SJR State head baseball coach and athletic director said, “We are so proud of Dustin. He is a well-rounded young man who exhibits everything we are looking for in a student-athlete. Dustin is a natural leader who exemplifies high character and dedication to his team, college and community,” Jones said. “He is always the first to volunteer for community service projects.”

According to Jones, Hersey is leading the nation in wins with seven. He was also the first student-athlete at the College to be named as both an academic and athletic all-state member.

The criteria for the scholarship include demonstrating exemplary work ethic and leadership, as well as quality performance in the classroom and on the field.

The scholarship was established in honor of former coach John Tindall, who devoted 30 years to coaching the Vikings through 591 wins and nine Region VIII tournament appearances, placing him in the nation’s top 10 for career wins at the time of his retirement in 1997.

In 1961, the Vikings took the field for the first time and have since dedicated the past half century to building a solid reputation for producing superior student-athletes.  The College has continued its tradition of producing a strong baseball program with facility improvements including a covered practice facility, dugout and field renovations, and most recently, new grandstands. 

Viking pitcher Dustin Hersey was recently named the 2015 recipient of the John C. Tindall Endowed Scholarship. From left are SJR State Board of Trustees member Marlene Lagasse; SJR State President Joe Pickens, Dustin Hersey, John Tindall, Penny and Lancin Hersey, and Ross Jones, SJR State athletic director and head baseball coach.