January 30, 2011
Ian Carlin (Courtesy College of Wooster)
WOOSTER, Ohio - Ian Carlin is the toast of the cricket world this
week after being selected as the nation's top American-born collegiate
player and landing in Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd" (Jan.
A senior wicket-keeper at The College of Wooster, Carlin was chosen
to receive the John Bart King Award as the best U.S.-born player by
American College Cricket, based in part on his performance at the
collegiate championship in Florida last spring. "I saw Ian make many
diving saves," says Lloyd Jodah, president of American College Cricket and a member of the selection committee. "He plays his position very well."
Carlin's first exposure to cricket came
several years ago when he watched a group of international students
playing an informal game inside his residence hall at Wooster. "They
encouraged me to join the club," he says, "so I decided to give it a
Trying a different sport is nothing new for Carlin, who played one
year of varsity football at Wooster before switching to cricket. In high
school, he participated in many of the traditional sports (baseball,
basketball, football, and track and field) as well as some of the more
"extreme" (skateboarding, snowboarding, and paintball). When he observed
cricket for the first time, he was hooked. "I was intrigued by the
game," says Carlin, a graduate of Valley High School in western
Pennsylvania and a double major in political science and philosophy at
Wooster. "I was aware of its massive international following, and it
looked like a lot of fun."
Not only has Carlin emerged an accomplished player, he has also
become a respected leader among his teammates, who elected him as club
president. "I am very honored to receive this award and serve as
president," he said. "I am hoping to encourage more American students to
consider cricket at the collegiate level. It's a great sport."