Parents are Robert and Maraia ... mother is from Fiji and is part-Samoan ... served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Toronto, Canada ... is an Eagle Scout ... earned the Governor's Ethnic Achievement Award ... has played the violin for 13 years and played in the Utah Valley Youth Symphony which traveled to England ... starting catcher for the American Samoa National Baseball Team in the NBC World Series at Wichita, Kan., ... member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee ... majoring in sociology.
2002: Honored as a scholar-athlete by the Cougar Club ... played as the backup catcher and as a DH ... hit a solo homer in BYU's victory at the University of Pacific and also a solo dinger at Air Force in a 9-5 victory.
Lettered in baseball and was All-Region at Orem High ... batted .468 with two homers as a senior ... had a 4.0 GPA ... coached by Terry Harward and Ross Reed ... was vice-president of the Polynesian Culture Club.
Played for Utah Valley State College before and after serving a Church mission ... in 2001 he batted .337 and hit four homers with 31 RBI, 14 doubles and 61 hits ... in 1997 he batted .328 and hit three homers ... redshirted in 2000 ... two years in a row he was four-for-five and hit back-to-back home runs in a game against Salt Lake Community College.
Year Avg. G-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO
2002 .184 21-12 49 4 9 0 0 2 5 15 3 8
2003 .280 14-3 25 6 7 3 0 1 7 13 2 5