Bachelorette winner and UP alum Chris Siegfried to return to The Bluff


By Kate Stringer

While many UP alums searched for jobs this summer, one was searching for love on national television. 2012 UP graduate Chris Siegfried captured the hearts of many women this summer, including ABC’s Bachelorette Desiree Hartsock. After cross-continental dating and dramatized heartbreak, Siegfried finally took a knee and proposed to Hartsock, earning her final rose and a pending engagement.

During his time at UP, Siegfried pitched for the baseball team and was a member of the E-Scholars program. He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2007 where he played minor league baseball before returning to UP in 2011 to finish his degree in economics.

The couple now live in Seattle together where Siegfried works at HomeStreet Mortgage Bank.

The Beacon caught up with Siegfried last weekend as he drove across Washington’s Highway 2 from a weekend vacation at Lake Chelan. Across the crackling speaker phone and stop-and-go traffic, Siegfried filled us in on his days as a Pilot and his plan to visit The Bluff next month.

What is your best memory from your time at UP?

I really enjoyed a lot. I enjoyed baseball. My best time at UP was getting to know the friends that I have still and being a part of the baseball program and the E-Scholars program at the school there.

You have a book of poems coming out soon – “Diamonds and Hearts.” Did you write or take any poetry classes while at UP?

Yeah I took writing courses. I took two college writing courses. I don’t remember the professor’s name though. I enjoyed them very much, it allowed me to break up the business portion I was taking everyday. It allowed me to get my creative juices flowing.

What’s the best place to hang out in North Portland?

Besides the T-Room on Thursday nights? John Street Café is a good spot, we used to go there a lot. You should go, it’s awesome.

You already went to a Seahawks game and toured Discovery Park. What else are you going to introduce Desiree to in the Pacific Northwest?

Another time we’re definitely going to go up to Crystal. We definitely want to try to get up to Whistler at some point. So we’ll see if we can make that happen. It will be nice to experience Seattle together. I’ve only been there for a year so it will be nice to hang out.

In an interview with Baseball America you mentioned coming back to UP for alumni baseball games. Will you be returning to The Bluff anytime soon with Desiree?

Yeah the alumni weekend is the 13th, 14th and 15th so I’ll be down there playing a game. We’re just gonna kinda hang out. The game’s at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Any advice for Pilots looking for love?

Try out for The Bachelorette. No, just keep an open mind and an open heart, and be willing to date and write a lot of poetry. I’m not Dr. Phil so I’m not really the best for that advice.

You’ve delved into a versatile set of activities and career paths including baseball, banking, The Bachelorette, UP’s E-Scholars and modeling. What’s your advice for Pilots deciding upon their career path?

Good question. Just try to go with what you feel you know you’re passionate about and just pursue that. You know, try it for two years and if it doesn’t work out you can change course but go after what you’re passionate about. Right now I’m passionate about Des (laughs). Just kidding…but really.



Fast Facts:

Walk-up song for baseball

A German techno song from “Super Troopers.”

UP dorm

Corrado Hall freshman year, then off-campus housing

Favorite professor or class

Dr. Adams: finance, Dr. Seal: economics, Dr. Anderson: E- Scholars program, and Gwynn Klobes: adviser.


  1. says

    Chris represents himself , his family, Des and most of all his University & high school in a very positive light. He is genuine, smart, witty, goofy, funny , down to earth, handsome soft spoken young man, that is why gazillions of women like him. He is articulate of his feelings of love and affection. Des and Chris, look great/ beautiful together. I already bought Diamonds and Hearts: a Poetic Memoir thru Kindle/IPad, but I am waiting for the paperback, and stand in line for them to sign the book. Now I know where his being poetic comes from… thru his courses in college. He is really good. I follow them thru their twitter accounts and I spread my love for them thru my Facebook account, that reaches far in Asia and the Pacific, and my Facebook friends follow their love story. I really wish them the Very Best. My husband and I are planning to travel to Seattle passing thru Oregon. I have friends that live in Oregon
    (retired nurses), They like it there.

  2. says

    I have been mesmerized by the positive dynamic and attitude of Chris and Des. I watched the entire season, and absolutely knew he was the one for her from the third show. Their energy is fun, happy, deep, humble, meaningful, tender, romantic…i have run out of superlatives to describe my impression of this darling young couple. They simply have what it takes to move forward together. Following their journey warmed my heart, and watching the reruns is like watching the greatest romantic movie. Just can’t get enough. I wish them all the love and luck in the world which they so deserve. It’s not often when people find their soul mates, but they are that one in a million.

  3. Leah K says

    I am very excited about this couple. I have watched the show from the beginning. I watched it with Trista and Ryan. I could definately see the similarities in the two men. THey look very different on the outside, but seem to be so similar in their values. I was fooled with Emily and Jef. So I am being careful. I was also fooled by the ending since I did read the spoilers. I do wish though I didn’t because I kind of gave up on the show when I though Brooks won because I knew it wouldn’t last. I hope to hear about the wedding next summer. It is hard to find genuine people on this show, but I believe we have found two. Now I must go back and watch the episodes with different eyes.

  4. says

    Great article! No other bachelorette or bachelor couple has ever elicited such love and positivity. I find myself rooting for them and composing poems and songs Chris is a genuine guy and his mom couldn’t have said it better during the hometown date.”You put together, good guy, good girl, and what do you know, magic”. Someday soon I hope Des can design a wedding dress for me …for right now here’s looking at you kids! Chris & Des , may you always remember that love is a decision, a choice a gift…enjoy it. Love you both (((hugs and kisses)))

  5. Wisteria says

    Oooh Chris is so dreamy, but not in an unreachable way ;)) I don’t know why people complained about him reading poems on the show, i LOVE those poems. Des&Chris is one of very few couples that i’m very confident about. Wish them the best!!

  6. says

    Kathryn… I totally agree with everything you said… which I missed saying. But you said those truth for me as we’ll. I keep on watching the reruns on my DVR. COULDN’T get enough of them. I really wish them happiness.

  7. peng bernhardt says

    from australia to seattle, wishing des & chris the very best together and hopefully following kids along the way soon after the big wedding, we will certainly follow them all the time. it was so fantastic watching and following their relationships together blossoming, and des working her way to be with chris in seattle, they belong together I believe. chris is an honest and very hundsome guy with a big heart and comes from a good family, des was so lucky girl. it was the best bachelorette we have seen so far, the truthfullness, the love that chris showed des was absolutely wonderful and very passionate, it was so envious everytime they were together and now for good, wow!!!!!! what a moment. god bless them both