UVa Fan Favorite Werman Returns to Charlottesville

By: Nate Sulham Email
By: Nate Sulham Email

He's one of the most beloved players in University of Virginia baseball history and to this day, his jersey number 2 can still be seen on the backs of fans at Davenport Field.

Keith Werman, affectionately known as "The Werm", had a bond like no other with Cavalier fans.

"It's very special," Werman said recently. "It means a lot that people were out there to support me. And it just pushes me to work even harder and really just keep doing my thing and trusting it."

Werman helped guide Virginia to a pair of College World Series appearances during his four years on grounds and after graduating in June of 2012, signed as an undrafted free agent with the Seattle Mariners, where he spent time with the organization's low- level clubs.

His road has since led him back to Charlottesville, where former Cavalier player and current Covenant School baseball coach Jeff Burton was waiting with an offer.

"So I just knew Keith was transitioning at some point in time from player to something else, and I called him and said listen, I'd like to help you make the transition that somebody helped me make twenty years ago," Burton said.

"Yeah I was looking to try and be out here in Charlottesville. This community's so fantastic and you want to be a part of it," Werman added. "He opened up the door and this opportunity for me to jump onboard here at Covenant and I think it's a great opportunity and definitely going to have a blast."

Werman says his goal at Covenant is to get the most out of his players, just the same as he got the most out of his time at Virginia.

"Try to push them to get better everyday, whether that's on the field, off the field, infield, hitting. I just want to be out there and give them support and help them get better each day."

"I can't think of a better guy to put him out there at third base to run the offense because he understands the game at such a high level," Burton said. "These kids are really going to benefit from having him here."

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