Stallings transitions from ACC to PBC baseball
Brandt Stallings began his collegiate baseball career at Georgia Tech, a Division I school with a highly competitive national athletic program.
A native of Buford, Ga., Stallings graduated from King’s Ridge Christian School, where he set the school record of 23 career home runs. During his first two years at Georgia Tech, Stallings played in 77 games overall and had a batting an average of .263.
In the fall of 2017, the 6-foot-4 outfielder transferred to GC in the fall of 2017, where he is currently a junior majoring in business management. He also reunited with his old high school teammate Tarez Miller, a junior infielder.
Although Stallings transferred down a division to play in the Peach Belt Conference, he said he chose GC because of the competitive academics and the high-quality baseball program.
“GC has a big reputation for having great coaches and great players,” Stallings said. “GC is very academically prestigious.”
Stallings said the biggest difference between Division I and Division II is the atmosphere.
“At Georgia Tech, it was show up, get work done and get out,” Stallings said. “At GC, there’s a vibe. Everybody is into it, and everyone is cheering. It’s loud, chaotic and fun. Here the people are going out, having fun and playing hard. As our coach likes to say, ‘Hard-nose, blue-collar baseball.’”
The atmosphere may be different, but the relationships Stallings has made throughout his time at both schools are very similar. Being a part of two different teams has created many lifelong friendships.
“Each team becomes your brothers after a while,” Stallings said.
Stallings has a major advantage with his experience competing at the Division I level. Head coach Jason Eller said Brandt has brought experience and confidence to the team.
“He brings some big time college baseball knowledge, and he has tremendous power as a hitter,” Eller said.
Stallings displayed his power while playing at Tech, hitting 13 home runs and driving in 49 RBIs in two seasons.
The GC athletic program takes pride in making sure student-athlete’s understand that academics are most important.
Making his academics a priority, Stallings fits in perfectly as a Bobcat. He made a 4.0 GPA his first semester at GC.
“Brandt is a high level academic student-athlete,” Eller said.
Stallings made the Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Honor Roll his first two years as a student-athlete at Georgia Tech. He was a 2015 Freshman Academic All-American and made the 2016 All-ACC Academic Team.
With his experience and love for his team, Stallings offers his teammates as much help as he can. Senior catcher Brandon Purcell said Stallings brings another magnitude of the game after playing at that high level.
“He helps the other guys out, and you learn a lot from him,” Purcell said. “We played Tampa last weekend and saw some better arms, and he helped me out as far as my approach to the game because he has seen those quality arms that we don’t get to see everyday.”
Stallings is a benefit to the GC baseball team academically and athletically, batting .333 with one home run and 3 RBIs already on the season.
“We are certainly glad that he is wearing green,” Eller said.