Sean Tenaglia '16 | Feb. 10, 2014 | UND.com
David Phelps is able to look back on his time at Notre Dame with great joy and a smile on his face. The former Irish pitcher, who now takes the mound for the New York Yankees, learned a lot about life during his time in South Bend. Most importantly, however, he met his future wife, Maria, during his sophomore year.
“We were in a class together, and we were paired up alphabetically for a simulation in our International Relations class,” Phelps says of his first encounter with Maria.
Phelps faced an uphill battle in convincing Maria to go out on a date. He ultimately succeeded due to the extreme determination that has become characteristic throughout all facets of his life.
The Saint Louis, Mo., native was drafted in the 14th round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the New York Yankees after three productive seasons for the Irish. Over the next three years, he returned during the offseason in pursuit of his degree, ultimately graduating in January 2011 with a double major of political science and computer applications.