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Atlanta United AlumnusIn our last issue, we asked you to identify the young alum turned aspiring actor who made a cameo appearance playing “young Jack” on the hit NBC drama This is Us. The answer, as members of the class of 2013 can tell you, is Darren Barnet, who since has made another network television appearance, this time on the long-running CBS procedural Criminal Minds.

This month, we shift our focus to sports. If you live in or around Atlanta, you no doubt are aware of the excitement surrounding the city’s new Major League Soccer franchise. Earn a shout-out in our next issue by being the first to tweet the name of the 2010 alumnus pictured at left who is now “getting his kicks” with the hometown team. Don’t forget to include the hashtag #berrycollegetrivia.

Photo courtesy of Atlanta United

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Stephen Gaylor

Stephen Gaylor (14C), bottom right, shakes hands with Braves scout Brian Bridges after signing a free-agent contract with the team. Also pictured are Berry head baseball coach David Beasley, top left, and assistant Shane West (99C). Photo by student Lauren Neumann.

As Collin McHugh (09c) continues his strong debut season with the Houston Astros, another Berry baseball alumnus is beginning a major-league quest of his own. Stephen Gaylor (14C) signed a free-agent contract with the Atlanta Braves on Aug. 11 and immediately joined the team’s Orlando-based affiliate in the Gulf Coast League. While at Berry, the speedy center fielder was a two-time All-Southern Athletic Association selection who ended his career as the Vikings’ all-time leader in stolen bases (89). He is the 32nd Berry baseball player to play professionally. Full list.

Alumni are also making news in golf and soccer this summer. Former Berry assistant and NAIA All-American Blake Smart (04C, 06G) has been named head men’s golf coach at the University of Memphis. He previously served as an assistant at the University of Oklahoma and as head coach at Kennesaw State University. Mark Bloom (10C), meanwhile, twice has been named to Major League Soccer’s Team of the Week as a defender for Toronto FC.

 

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