Parker Shortstop Sterling Hayes Signs with Vanderbilt University
Standout shortstop and pitcher Sterling Hayes, Class of 2018, is one step closer to playing Division I NCAA baseball for Vanderbilt University after signing a National Letter of Intent at Petco Park with the San Diego Hall of Champions on Nov. 8.
Sterling shared his excitement for joining the Vanderbilt Commodores by inviting his coaches, teammates, and teachers to a signing ceremony at Francis Parker School.
“Parker has prepared me academically for Vanderbilt,” said Sterling. He credited his teachers for helping him learn how to balance a rigorous academic curriculum with the demands of being a student-athlete.
“Sterling is one of the best shortstops at Parker,” said Coach David Glassey, who joined Sterling at his signing. “He also pitches for us, and for the past two years he has been the best pitcher in the coastal league.”
Sterling appreciates the camaraderie of his team. “One of my favorite memories with the Lancers is last season when we made it to CIF San Diego Div I championships and we lost against Grossmont High. Even though we lost we really came together as a team and we know we will do better next year.”
Sterling has not decided what he will major in at Vanderbilt but he plans to play professionally in the major leagues.
Francis Parker School is a private, independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12 from across San Diego County. Founded in 1912, the Lower School is located on the Mission Hills Campus with the Upper and Middle Schools on the Linda Vista Campus. Parker's mission is to inspire a diverse community of independent thinkers whose academic excellence, global perspective and strength of character prepare them to make a meaningful difference in the world.