College Baseball in the Offseason: Meet the Savannah Bananas


Welcome to The Academic Life! In this episode you’ll hear about:

  • The hard work of balancing academics and sports when you attend college on an athletic scholarship.
  • Kyle’s original dream for his life after college, and where he is now.
  • Why you need someone to have your back, and who that person has been in Kyle’s life for the last five years.
  • How playing ball in the college off-season for the Savannah Bananas reminded him about the importance of having fun, and what he had liked about the sport as a kid.
  • How learning to dance taught him not to take himself too seriously.

Our guest is: Kyle Luigs, who is the pitcher for the Savannah Banana’s professional premier team. He also works as their camp instructor. Kyle attended the University of North Georgia on a baseball scholarship, and graduated in 2021 with a kinesiology degree. From 2018 to 2021, he played summer baseball for the Savannah Bananas on the CPL team. He played his last year of college baseball at Jacksonville State University, while working on a masters in Sports Management.

Our host is: Dr. Christina Gessler, who is the co-producer of the Academic Life.

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Christina Gessler

Dr. Christina Gessler is the creator, show host, and producer of the Academic Life podcast. She holds a PhD in U.S. history.
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