HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - It is hard enough to get recruited to play a single sport in college. Hasbrouck Heights’ Mario Gomez will be taking a shot at two sports next year, as he signed to go to Penn State-New Kensington, where he will be playing both soccer and baseball.
Gomez is used to the double duty having played both all four years at Hasbrouck Heights, while adding varsity basketball to his schedule.
“I am extremely proud of Mario and everything that he has given our baseball program,“ stated Hasbrouck Heights baseball coach Pat Gabriele. “He has been a varsity starter since his freshman year, and I am thrilled that he will continue his career at Penn State-New Kensington. His work ethic and passion for the game will be an asset to their program. There is no doubt in my mind he will be very successful at Penn State."
“I wish Mario all the best,“ said Hasbrouck Heights soccer coach William Thorne. “He truly is exactly what a coach looks for in an athlete and I’m sure his new coaches will see that immediately. He’s a winner, he’s dedicated, and he leads the right way.”
“As a student, he’s the same way - a hard worker, respectful, and up to challenges,“ Thorne stated. “College athletics and academics can be overwhelming but Mario has all the potential to continue his success.”
Gomez is looking forward to getting to his new school.
”The Penn State students, coaches and administrators are very welcoming and the campus life seems quite amazing,“ Gomez said. “The baseball coach and I connected immediately."
Originally he had committed to play baseball, but was given the opportunity to become a two-sport player.
“I didn’t get recruited to play socceruntil after I signed and the head coach contacted me about the team,” Gomez stated.
When asked what he took from playing at Hasbrouck Heights, Gomez thanked his coaches.
“Coach Gabriele pushes all his players to be and play their very best,” Gomez said. “He always gave me confidence and allowed me to play many positions, starting in my freshmen year. My favorite quote from Coach is - "Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard."
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