GLASSBORO, NJ - Seniors Alex Kokos, Jared Marks, Drew Ryback and Nick Schooley have been named captains for the 2020-21 Rowan baseball team, as announced by head coach Mike Dickson.
“We hold our captains to the highest standards. They understand the importance of accountability, grittiness, reliability, and the relentless pursuit of excellence. They are the first ones to identify what team standards are and the last ones to break them. These four student-athletes are great representatives of the University, the Athletic Department and our program,” said Dickson, who has guided the Profs for six seasons.
Kokos (Wayne, NJ/Wayne Valley), a two-time All-NJAC selection, is serving as a Profs’ captain for the third time. The second baseman batted .308 in the six games of the shortened 2020 season and is a career .328 hitter who has driven in 100 RBI in 131 games at Rowan. Kokos, a law and justice major, was an All-Mid-Atlantic Region Second Team selection in 2018, when the Profs captured the NJAC title.
Marks (South Plainfield, NJ/South Plainfield) started five games behind the plate in 2020, hitting .273 with three RBI in the season that was cut short. He has played in 28 career games for the Profs and owns a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. An accounting major, he was named a Rowan Scholar-Athlete of Distinction in 2020 and was also inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society.
Ryback (Mantua, NJ/Clearview Regional) was off to a flying start in 2020, posting a 3-0 record on the mound with 15 strikeouts and an 0.47 ERA. The lefthander, who was named to the Mid-Atlantic All-Regional Team in 2018, went 5-2 in 2019 and 8-1 in 2018 and has recorded a total of 116 strikeouts in 34 career appearances. A human resources management major, Ryback was named a Rowan Scholar-Athlete of Distinction in 20202.
Schooley (Marlton, NJ/Cherokee) was leading Rowan in hitting through the first six games, batting .368 with six RBI and four runs scored. The Profs' starter at shortstop in 61 games, he owns a career average of .329 with 38 runs and 31 RBI. Schooley, an electrical engineering major, has excelled in the classroom and was named to the 2020 CsoSIDA Academic All-District 2 Baseball First Team, receiving the honor for the second consecutive year.
The Profs went 6-0 in the shortened 2020 season and were ranked 11th in the last D3Baseball.com national poll.