Speros Varinos, Baseball, Tufts University
Tufts University’s Speros Varinos, a 2017 graduate, was a standout in athletics, academics and community service throughout his Jumbo career.
Varinos received 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America® honors, as one of 35 players in the nation selected to the three Academic All-America® teams. He was one of five players from New England schools.
A native of Middleton, Massachusetts, Varinos finished his senior season with an 8-1 record, a 1.98 ERA and 86 strikeouts with only 11 walks in 77.1 innings for the NESCAC Champion Jumbos. His 7.82 strikeouts-to-walks ratio ranked among the top 20 nationally. He also ranked among the national leaders in wins (8), ERA (1.98), strikeouts (86), and walks and hits to innings pitched ratio (1.01).
Varinos was selected as an All-American by D3baseball.com and the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). He was the NESCAC Pitcher of the Year and an All-NESCAC First Team selection. He was also D3baseball.com's New England Pitcher of the Year and a First Team pick for the second straight year. Also this past spring, the ABCA and the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) both recognized Varinos as its New England Division III Pitcher of the Year and a First Team all-star.
In addition to improving as a baseball player during his Tufts years, Varinos learned life lessons and made friendships that will stay with him forever.
“The culture is very strong with the Tufts baseball team,” he said. “The program has tough players who give everything they have when they step onto the field. We learn accountability, doing everything that you need to do to take care of business both on and off the field.”
A biology major, Varinos has plans to attend dental school. He volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters, participated in Tufts' Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and was head leader of Tufts' F.I.T. Pre-Orientation program last year.
“I always want to give back,” he said. “I feel like we are so lucky to go to such a great school like Tufts, and to be able to play on a great baseball team. So I want to try to give back any way I can.”
“My time at Tufts has meant everything to me,” he said. “Both athletically and academically, it has built me into the person I am today.”