Colorado Sports Hall of Fame recognizes Trevor Baptiste

DENVER – Wednesday night, a host of family, friends and university officials were at the Hilton Denver City Center to celebrate the athletic career of former DU star faceoff specialist, Trevor Baptiste. At the dinner, featuring some of the greatest athletes in the history of the state of Colorado, Baptiste was named the 2018 Male College Athlete of the Year by the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.

In his acceptance speech, Baptiste thanked his family, his coaches (Coach Tierney was there) and the Denver community as the primary reasons for his success.

Most local lacrosse fans know his story. Born and raised in Denville, New Jersey, Baptiste was headed to play Division III lacrosse at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania when he was discovered by Denver coaches. After a campus visit and discussion with his family, he changed his mind.

The rest is history.

At 5’10”, 210 pounds Baptiste ( the ‘beast’) displayed hand quickness and strength – he could bench press 335 pounds, which helped him to become the best collegiate faceoff specialist in the history of collegiate lacrosse.  He won a national championship, four All-American awards, was a two-time Tewaaraton Award finalist and holds career records for faceoffs won and winning percentage at the X.

Baptiste was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft and joined the Boston Cannons in June before winning gold with the United States at the 2018 FIL World Lacrosse Championship in Netanya, Israel. Baptiste is currently playing for the expansion Philadelphia Wings in the National Lacrosse League. He is also running camps for New Balance and focusing solely on lacrosse while remaining a full-time resident of Denver.

Other award winners and inductees included notables such as standout CU/Bronco running back Phillip Lindsay and Jennifer Kupcho (golf) -Professional Athletes of the Year, Bob Smith (wrestling coach), Marv Kay (Mines football player, coach, administrator), Daniel Graham (tight end Broncos & Patriots) and Missy Franklin (swimmer).

One thought on “Colorado Sports Hall of Fame recognizes Trevor Baptiste”

  1. In my 35+ years of watching Pioneer sports, Baptiste stands at the top of my list in terms of dominance in his sport over his four-year college career. Matt Carle and Will Butcher were certainly dominant college hockey players in the years they won the Hobey Baker Award as tops in their sports, but they were not dominant players early in their DU careers. Dallas Gaume was the most dominant point producer I ever saw play for DU hockey,but he was not a four-year all-American, either.

    Baptiste was a dominant four-year All American and changed his entire sport. The fact that he did not win the Tewaaraton Award as the best college lacrosse player was due to his specialization at the face-off position. This was a travesty in my opinion. His 70% win rate enabled DU to win an NCAA title and become a premier program in the sport. He is also among the nicest people you will ever meet, a strong student and the kind of person you’d like your son to become.

    Thank you Trevor, for everything you did for DU. You are the best in the world at what you do, and it’s been that way since you arrived on campus in 2014-2015.

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