Oct. 25, 2013
Name: Bob Pogyor
Graduating Class: 1991
Hometown: Devon, Pa.
Current Residence: Yardley, Pa.
Current Occupation: Account Executive – Appirio (Cloud Consulting Service)
Family Information: Wife – Jennifer – married 16 years, Jack (14), Joe (13) and Olivia (10)
Lafayette Career Stats:
- 1991 Team Captain
- 6th in Career Wins (15)
- 9th in Career Innings Pitched (206.1)
- 10th in Career ERA (2.93)
- 10th in Career Strikeouts (150)
- First Team All-ECC – Pitcher (1990)
- First Team All-Patriot League – Pitcher (1991)
What attracted you to attend Lafayette College?
I was looking for a strong academic school, on the smaller side in terms of size because I knew I didn’t want to go to a big university, and I wanted to play Division I baseball. After talking to Coach Hindelang and visiting Lafayette’s campus, I felt like it was the right spot for me.
What do you miss most about Lafayette?
I miss playing baseball the most. Being part of the team, spending time with all the great guys during those years, on and off the field. I definitely didn’t appreciate it at the time, but playing baseball is something that I miss the most.
Between your former teammates and coaches, who has made the most impact on your career?
Coach Hindelang made a major impact on my career and life serving as my coach for three years. Coach Hindelang gave me the opportunity to play and go to a school like Lafayette because it gave me the opportunity to be a leader, develop my personal responsibility, my ability to learn, and ability on how to teach. I was able to develop and demonstrate these characteristics and skills sets serving as the team captain my senior year.
Coach Hindelang would always preach to us that if we took care of the little things, the big things would take care of themselves. It’s crazy how he was so right with his advice because I find myself teaching my kids the same thing today 20 years later.
What collegiate baseball experiences have been invaluable to your successful career?
In general, being part of a team and competing at the Division I level has helped me in my sales career. I am competing everyday in my professional career just like I did when I was on the mound at Lafayette. Those situations during those cold spring games out at Metzger are applicable to the business world because sometimes you will be in a tough spot, playing with a lead, or playing from behind and you get to show what you really are made out of as a competitor.
Being part of a team is extremely important in baseball as well as your professional career. On the mound, I needed to perform, but I also needed help from my teammates on offense and defense. I learned through baseball that if you can’t be part of a team, you will have a tough time being successful in the real world.
Looking back, what do those seasons mean to you now?
Looking back, some of the best times I have had in my life happened on the baseball field for Lafayette. The ECC Championship 1990, NCAA Regional at Mississippi State, and pitching against Lehigh my sophomore year for the first time. I remember it like it was yesterday.
What was your most memorable moment playing Lafayette baseball?
Throwing a one-hitter in the ECC semifinals and beating Rider University. Then watching Jeff Antilock close out the ECC final game with a pop up to Bert Sullivan at third base. The celebration was amazing. To then top it off, cramming into the Sports Information Director’s office to listen to the conference call and hearing our school get the bid to the NCAA tournament. Going down to Mississippi State and playing in the regional was a once in a lifetime experience. I wish every Lafayette player gets to experience the feeling, it was amazing.
Is there one teammate you would love to hear from?
I saw so many guys this past winter at the 2013 Friends of Lafayette Baseball Kick-Off Dinner. Brian Shevitz, Ralph Russo, and Mike Brooks got the email train going – next thing I know I have 50 emails in my inbox. I cracked up the entire time reading one after another. It was great seeing everyone because my group was all there and talking about all the good times.
What advice do you have for Lafayette athletes?
Appreciate the experience that you are in right now. In a blink of an eye, your 4 years will be over and you will be returning for your 20th year reunion. Once you graduate, it is easy to go your separate ways, but keep your contacts and keep your network strong.
Finally, take pride in putting on that Lafayette Baseball uniform. Only two percent of all baseball players get to play Division 1 baseball. When you talk to people in your professional career, you will see it is a great conversation starter. You will be amazed how it can open the doors because you were able to do something that no one else can. From a hiring manager’s perspective, it is a differentiator in the business world because you can demonstrate commitment, hard work, sacrifice, communication, time management, and leadership. I put on my resume every time – I played Division 1 baseball at Lafayette College.