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New RCBC softball player resides at North Pole

Susan Glade, of North Pole, Alaska, signs a National Letter of Intent to play softball for Rowan College at Burlington County.

A new Rowan College at Burlington County softball recruit, Susan Glade, is used to candy cane-lined streets, seven feet of snow and temperatures that are 60 degrees below zero. Glade is from North Pole, Alaska – one of only about a dozen RCBC students to ever declare the last frontier state as their primary residence.

“I want to experience the other side of the country,” said Glade. “I’m really looking forward to seeing an actual beach or two, and the maple trees.”

Glade, who recently graduated from North Pole High School as Salutatorian and center fielder for her school’s softball team, found RCBC on the Next Collegiate Student Athlete website that connects middle and high school student-athletes with college coaches.

“I started emailing with Coach Costa on NCSA, and after talking to a few of the girls on the team I knew I wanted to be a part of the family,” she said.

Glade’s impressive record, leadership skills and commitment to the sport stood out to RCBC Women’s Softball Head Coach John Costa.

“Of course, the first thing I saw was her talent. Her batting average was hovering somewhere around .500, which is pretty remarkable,” said Costa. “However, stats only really tell half the story. Character is one of the main qualities I look for in a player. Susan has a ton of it.”

Glade, who describes herself as an avid outdoorsperson, plans to study biology and eventually earn a degree in wildlife biology and conservation so that she can protect Alaska’s plants and animals. She hopes to continue to play softball for a four-year university after RCBC and then return to Alaska.

“I don’t think I’d be able to thrive without seeing the northern lights or snow every now and then,” said Glade. “Also, we get 24/7 sun in the summer, and I like being able to hike or mow my lawn at 1 a.m.

The first game of the Barons softball season is in March 2019.

“I think Susan is going to help us become a pretty intimidating team to play against,” said Costa. “We're going to be fast and relentless on the bases, which is going to be fun to watch. I've been watching them play on their high school and travel teams for months as these tremendous individual athletes and now, I get to see them all on the same field playing as a team. I think this team is going to go far and we're going to have fun doing it.”

For more information on the Barons athletics and game schedules, visit rcbc.edu/athletics.