Fulfilling a Commitment, Getting a Degree

Professional baseball player comes back to Carolina to finish out his degree

Professional baseball player comes back to Carolina to finish out his degree

Carolina alumnus RC Orlan ’19 had always dreamed of playing professional baseball — but he chose his college education first.

Despite being drafted immediately after high school, Orlan decided to enroll at Carolina to set him up for greater success both on the field and in the classroom. After playing baseball as a student-athlete at Carolina for three years, Orlan left to go play in the minor leagues for the Washington Nationals.

Before he left, though, he promised his coaches he would eventually come back to Chapel Hill to finish out his degree. Thanks to the Complete Carolina Program, which helps student-athletes who turn pro before graduating return to Chapel Hill to earn their degrees, Orlan fulfilled his commitment and graduated from Carolina.

“I guess I look back over a 10-year timeline now — being able to go to the school that I wanted to, playing in the College World Series and pitching twice there,” Orlan said. “I met my wife here. I got to play professional baseball for almost seven years. I’m a Tar Heel, and I’m forever thankful for the opportunities it’s given me.”

Read the complete Carolina Story…Opens in new window

Carolina Athletics Funding Priorities

    Readers Also Viewed...

    When the Tar Heels narrowly lost 72-69, fans quietly began to gather their belongings with resignation, then paused to listen as James Taylor’s “Carolina in my Mind” played on the stadium’s speakers. (Photo by Sarah Wood/UNC-Chapel Hill)

    An Extraordinary Season’s Finale

    NCAA Championship Final Watch Party at Dean Smith Center

    Eric Montross sitting in the Dean E. Smith Center.

    Honoring a Tar Heel Great

    Rams Club family endows scholarship to honor Tar Heel great Eric Montross '94.

    50 Years of Carolina Women

    Celebrating 50 Years

    Carolina Athletics celebrates 50 years of women’s athletics.

    Chris Gray and Sara Daavettila stand side by side in front of a blue swath.

    Academic and Athletic Excellence

    The Rams Club scholarship student-athletes earn Academic All-America honors in the 2020-21 academic year.

    Rich and Tracy DeSelm pose in front of flowers.
    Student Support

    Honoring a Father and Coach

    Family endows a swimming and diving scholarship to honor their father, the former head coach.

    Joey Lancellotti pitching

    Songs of Inspiration

    Tar Heel pitcher turns a class project into an inspirational song