Maur-Hill Mount Academy and Immaculata High School product Zach Schwinn recently made the decision to continue his athletic career at Benedictine College playing both basketball and baseball.
Benedictine basketball coach Ryan Moody had high praise for the level of consistency Schwinn brings with him.
“He’s clearly a winner with only losing I think five games in his high school career,” Moody said. “He’ll come in to compete and we know what we’ll get out of Zach.”
Schwinn said that his playing style paired with Moody’s system is a perfect match.
“I really like the style of play that coach Moody uses at Benedictine,” Schwinn said. “They’re aggressive on the defensive end, move the ball well on offense and like to shoot the three. I think that will mesh perfectly with the way I play.”
While playing basketball at the next level was often on the mind of Schwinn, the same cannot be said of baseball.
When Schwinn was still contemplating on where he would attend college he got a phone call from the Benedictine baseball coach Eric Peterson giving Schwinn an opportunity to continue his career on the diamond.
“I had never really thought about playing baseball in college but about a week before graduation coach Peterson called me and asked if I’d be interested,” Schwinn said. “I explained to him my situation and once I decided to go to Benedictine he said the offer was still available, so I’m going to try to play baseball as well.”
Peterson said grabbing Schwinn is a continued step in the right direction for his program.
“Any time that you can add an athlete like Zach to your program you are going to get better,” Peterson said. “He is a great competitor and has only reached the surface of his abilities on the field.”