Ben Rosengard’s Recruitment Journey to UChicago
by Kathryn Merck
Senior Benjamin Rosengard, Adv. 803, recently committed to the University of Chicago for baseball on Nov 8. He will both pitch and play shortstop for the Maroons beginning Spring 2019. Rosengard has played on Northside’s Varsity Basketball team for four years, acting as captain in his junior and senior year. His skills on the basketball court make it hard to believe he played on Northside’s Varsity Baseball team as well.
“Toward the end of my sophomore year, travel baseball and travel basketball began to conflict more than they had in previous seasons. In order to be properly assessed by coaches and staff from the colleges I was interested in, I had to choose between baseball and basketball. Ultimately, I chose baseball because I’ve played literally since I could walk and there were more opportunities for me to play at a more competitive level.” Rosengard credits Top Tier Baseball in McCook for most of his help in the recruitment process.
“After determining that I would fully commit to baseball in order to move toward the next level, I attended various showcase tournaments across the country in order to be seen by coaches. I’ve traveled from Los Angeles to New York every weekend in the summer searching for schools that would be interesting in having me on their team.”
Rosengard also attended academic/athletic tournaments which featured Ivy League schools in order to find his top choices. He said, “Throughout the entire process, I prioritized academics. I searched for a school that would give me both the best opportunity to play as well as the best education possible.” Just a few of the schools that Rosengard considered included Wesleyan University, Harvard University, The University of Chicago, and Yale University.
Rosengard told the Hoofbeat that, at first, he was unable to confidently choose one school over another. “The University of Chicago and Yale University were my final choices. I had to visit both schools, meet the players, talk with the coaches, check out each school’s baseball facilities, and explore both campuses before making my final decision.” Yale University primarily wanted Rosengard to pitch, while The University of Chicago allowed Rosengard to both pitch and play shortstop, start as a freshman, and play for all four years.
Rosengard felt a strong connection to the coaching staff at UChicago. He said, “Their assistant coach was the head coach at Northwestern for 31 years. Playing at UChicago meant having a coaching staff with two coaches with head coach experience.”
Rosengard is excited for his last baseball season with the Mustangs this Spring. “The baseball staff at Northside has done a really great job communicating with their players and organizing productive practices. My Northside coaches have truly helped with my athletic success. My teammates are my brothers, and the group of friends I’ve found through Northside baseball will last past my time as captain of the Mustangs.”
Northside students can catch Rosengard with the Mustangs this spring, or with the Maroons next spring.