Dan Soukup played baseball for the Bruins from 2001-2004 and was one of the program's top players during those early years of the Division I era. During his four years, he started 207 of 208 games and currently ranks in the top-10 in the career records book in four offensive categories – at bats, hits, doubles, and homeruns. The Colorado native is one of two baseball players to earn Academic All-American honors. This past fall, Dan earned the Massey Graduate School's Distinguished Graduate Award.
Dan recently spoke to BelmontBruins.com about his time as a Bruin and his current roles of husband, father, and accountant in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Why did you choose Belmont?
I chose Belmont based upon the school's commitment to the students. I also chose Belmont because I trusted in Coach Jarvis and Moddelmog. The recruiting process can be overwhelming when you are eighteen, but Coach Jarvis and Moddelmog were straightforward, honest, and spent the time to point out all the things that made Belmont a great place.
I really liked the guys on the team during my recruiting visit as they all seemed to be pretty impressive people with personality! They, along with the Belmont coaches, helped me through many adversities and helped me grow as a person. I was blessed to have an outstanding group of teammates and coaches.
Living in Nashville was also a strong selling point! I liked the small class sizes where professors could provide personal attention (which ultimately proved to be vital in my academic growth). I also liked that it was a Christian school which would help me develop spiritually.
Choosing Belmont and my wife Lauren are the two best decisions I have made.
What is your fondest athletic memory at Belmont?
Riding on the bus with my teammates to our road games and spending time together was and absolute blast. I miss hanging out with my roommates and friends from the team (being out of state now), but they are great memories. Some great things happened on the field but my best memories are the people.
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Belmont? How?
Coach Jarvis. He cared about my development as a man and as a Christian. The September 11 attacks happened when I was at Belmont and it has a profound effect on me. Coach Jarvis was there to provide support and guidance. His personal attention through a troubling time is something that I will never forget for the rest of my life.
Coach Jarvis always believed in me. My first year at Belmont, I started the season in the worst batting slump. It was horrible. Through the whole thing, Coach Jarvis continued to stick with me, remained positive, and gave me confidence. Ultimately I had a pretty good season. Belmont is lucky to have Coach Jarvis.
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Belmont?
"Do what needs to be done, the way it needs to be done, when it needs to be done, and do it that way every time." Coach Jason Stein gave us that quote and it has stuck with me as he hammered that concept home. Max focus every day - no excuses. Coach Stein was hard on me at times (for good reason) but I think my work ethic and focus found a new level with his guidance. That is something that still sticks with me as I take on every day of my work career.
What advice would you give to current members of the baseballl team?
Manage your time effectively. Keep your priorities straight. TV, video games, and social media are a waste of time. Build face to face relationships with people. Get your sleep. Workout hard every day. Study two hours a day. Practice hard every day. Be a good teammate. Be a good citizen.
Who was your favorite professor and why?
Accounting professors Dr. Finley, Dr. Young, Dr. Childs, Dr. Warren- all were great professors and cared about my professional development as a CPA. I didn't start as an accounting major and making that switch turned out to be a huge turning point in my life. They were all so available to provide guidance and support as I completed my undergraduate and graduate degree. I really looked up to them all and they were tremendous professors.
Where do you live now?
Windsor/Fort Collins, Colorado
What is your occupation?
Soukup, Bush & Associates CPA's PC which is a 40 person firm in Fort Collins. I am a partner in the firm and manage and advise clients in various fields and industries. Primarily the clients that I manage are in real estate development, professional services, medical practices, entrepreneurs, and high net worth individuals.
Tell us about your family.
The best thing that happened to me at Belmont was meeting my wife Lauren. She is wonderful and I am so blessed and fortunate to have her in my life. She is a great mom to our kids. We have a daughter Corinne who is 9 and she likes volleyball and golf. We have two sons Cade (6) and Callen (4). Cade likes shooting hoops and Legos. Callen also likes Legos, building things, and hanging out with his older brother.