Dan Mateffy ‘23 signed a National Letter of Intent officially committing to play baseball at College of the Holy Cross, an NCAA Division I program. The signing ceremony was held at the Friends Free Library. Director of Athletics Katie Bergstrom Mark shared highlights of Mateffy’s outstanding academic and Tiger baseball career before a crowd of family members, teammates, coaches, faculty, staff, and friends. The event was also livestreamed.
“Dan represents our school each day in the classroom, tackling the academic rigor of his course work in partnership with his teachers and collaborating with classmates. He has been a committed athlete and an ardent supporter of his teammates,” said Katie. "As an athlete, Dan has been recognized by coaches of top programs across the country and recruited to join the elite Division I college sports ranks. He is an exceptional pitcher and his soon-to-be Holy Cross Head Coach Ed Kahovec shared his praise of Dan, citing his diligent work ethic, strong moral character, and commitment to excellence on the field and in the classroom."
"I chose Holy Cross for many reasons. It is in a very nice location and has amazing resources to help me continue to grow as a student and an athlete," Dan said. "The coaches and players there are very welcoming and supportive, plus I even know some current student-athletes there right now. The smaller size allows for a tighter knit community and that is something important to me. Overall, it just checks all of my boxes in what I was looking for, and everyone throughout this process helped and continues to help me achieve my goals."
Standing most proud in the room was Dan’s mother Deb Mateffy, GFS Director of Security and Operations, coach, and friend to many.
“I am so incredibly proud of Daniel and the young man he is turning into. I'm excited for Dan about his future endeavors at Holy Cross and its baseball program and academics. I appreciate all the coaches, teachers, administrators, and staff at GFS and how they nurtured him along the way. I am also very proud of all the work he has put into baseball, training, and academics,” Deb said.
Dan’s GFS baseball accomplishments are many including having earned Team MVP and All-Friends Schools League First Team honors each season. He will serve as a senior captain this spring.
Last year, midseason, Dan was named MaxPreps Athlete of the Week after he struck out 14 and allowed one hit in a 6-1 win over Moorestown Friends, and struck out 12 and allowed one hit in a 13-3 win over George School. Over the summer, Dan represented GFS on the InterAc-Independent team in the Carpenter Cup Series, giving him a chance to play in the semifinals at Citizens Bank Park, pitching 2 scoreless innings.
"Being part of the GFS baseball program means so much to me. I started playing for GFS in 6th grade, and can't remember a time when I felt out of place or like I wasn't getting better with the help of teammates and coaches. Everything about the program is fun, enjoyable, and competitive. Everyday is a day to get better, and the group of teammates that I have been around throughout the years are just amazing. The team has such a strong bond and I couldn't ask for a better group of GFS baseball players," Dan said.
To date, in his two-year high school career (freshman year was canceled due to COVID), Dan pitched 80 innings, amassed 139 strikeouts, and earned a 1.44 ERA. He has also been a four-year athlete for the year-round baseball club Philly Bandits, playing at diamonds throughout the country and this fall, earning a 1.35 ERA. Dan also earned a roster spot on the “Best In The US” showcase, where he played at the Miami Marlins’ Loan Depot Stadium.
“I appreciate the amount of sacrifice it takes to have focused on your commitment to baseball, Dan. It has paid off,” Katie commented in her final remarks to Dan. “Remember your GFS Tiger pride as you transition into your life as a Crusader at Holy Cross!”