The only golf coach the Youngstown State women’s program has ever known, Roseann Schwartz, announced her retirement following the recent Horizon League Championships. She guided the program to a pair of league titles in her tenure.
Schwartz, a respected local professional and instructor and former middle school teacher and reading specialist, was given the task of creating the YSU program by then-Athletic Director Jim Tressel in January 1996.
“Roseann Sch- wartz is one of the area’s most knowledgeable golf instructors, and we are most happy to be adding a coach of her caliber to our athletics family,” Tressel said in the Jan. 19, 1996, release. “Her experience, enthusiasm and knowledge for the game is exactly what we are looking for as we build what we hope will be one of the most respected women’s golf programs on the Division I level.”
Tressel hit the nail on the head and, during her 17-year career, the enthusiasm and passion for YSU, her alma mater, never wavered and her love and pride for Penguins golf was something enjoyed by her student-athletes.
The program thrived under Schwartz’s leadership. Her recruiting base was primarily standouts from Ohio and Pennsylvania with an occasional regional player or Floridian like Brittany Jones sprinkled in. Locally she had shown that golfers like Gina Abruzzino, Katie Rogner, Stephanie Matasek, current star Allison Mitzel and many other standouts could play close to home and be successful.
“The Youngstown State women’s golf program will always be Roseann’s program,” Ron Strollo, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics said. “She was a dedicated coach who worked hard and made sure her student-athletes had an enjoyable college experience. We wish her and her husband, Dick, nothing but the best.”
YSU spent its first few years finding the fairway, but once Schwartz organized the program things began to take off. In the program’s second year in the Mid-Continent Conference, Matasek finished second at the conference championships. She went on to place second again in 2001.
After a transitional year between the Mid-Con and Horizon League, the Penguins won the first-ever Horizon League women’s title by 10 shots in 2003. YSU finished either second of third each of the next six years before claiming the title again in 2009. She rounded out her tenure with two more second-place finishes, including the 2013 HL Championships which wrapped up on Sunday.
Individually, Mitzel (2013), Samantha Formeck (2009), Rogner (2008) and Lori Hatcher (2003) all won Horizon League Championships. Four times a Penguin was selected Golfer of the Year and twice Schwartz received Conference Coach-of-the-Year accolades. YSU had 16 top-five finishes at the Horizon League Championships and had 16 all-conference selections.
In 2013, she coached her granddaughter, Emily Rohanna, who placed 11th in her first conference championships.
The program signed Kyle Steward (Detroit/Cass Tech) to a National Letter of Intent, head coach Jerry Slocum announced on Thursday. Steward joins Marcus Keene (San Antonio) and Jalon Plummer (Belleville, Mich.) in the 2013-14 recruiting class.
Versatility and athleticism were two attributes that Slocum liked in Steward.
“Kyle brings size and athleticism to our program” Slocum said. “He can stretch the defense with his ability to shoot the ball from the perimeter, but he also has a good inside game. We’re excited to have him join our program. Kyle has great potential and his best basketball is ahead of him.”
A 6-foot-7 forward, Steward averaged 14 points, eight rebounds and three assists per game and helped Cass Tech to a 19-4 record to clinch the PSL West Division Championship in 2012-13. He also averaged 12 points and seven rebounds at Detroit Crockett High School during his junior season.
“I felt like Youngstown State was a good fit for me,” Steward said. “I had a great visit to campus and the coaches and players made me feel at home. YSU is also a school that is not that far from home so my family will be able to see me play.”
YSU concluded the 2012-13 season with an 18-16 record and earned a berth to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament the first Division I postseason tournament in school history. The Penguins also finished with a 7-9 mark in Horizon League play.
Junior third baseman Drew Dosch has been voted Capital One Academic All-District for the second straight year for his combined performance on the baseball field and in the classroom, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced.
Dosch advances to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot with hopes of earning national accolades for the second time in his career. Dosch, a native of Canal Winchester, was a second-team Academic All-America pick last year.
Dosch, an integrated social studies education major with a 3.96 grade-point average, is the lone Horizon League baseball player to earn Academic All-District accolades.
Dosch has been the Horizon League Batter of the Week twice this season, and he was the conference’s Scholar-Athlete of the Month in March. The league’s preseason player of the year leads the conference in runs scored, doubles, total bases and walks, and he ranks in the top 10 in almost every offensive category.
Dosch is the third Penguin to earn CoSIDA Academic-All District honors during this academic year, joining Torrian Pace (football) and Brandi Brown (women’s basketball).
The Youngstown State football team had three players recognized as members of the 2013 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career.
Former Penguins placekicker David Brown (Ojai, Calif.), defensive tackle Nick DeKraker (Marne, Mich.) and offensive tackle D.J. Main (Strongsville) represented YSU on the 2013 list.