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Nowottnick signs with Towson University
Chesapeake College grad looks to help Division I Tigers on mound

WYE MILLS – It’s hard to tell which of Nik Nowottnick’s achievements meant more to head baseball coach Frank Szymanski – his Division I baseball scholarship or his Chesapeake College diploma.

"I’m so proud of Nik," said Szymanski after Nowottnick recently earned his Chesapeake College degree and signed a national letter of intent with Towson University. "He’s always wanted to go to Towson. I’m just proud of the way he developed athletically and the way he proved himself academically here at Chesapeake."

Nowottnick, a 6-foot-4 right-handed pitcher out of Colonel Richardson High, said he selected Towson in part because he has a high comfort level with that institution.

"It’s close to home, I already know someone on the team and my sister is already there," said Nowottnick. "I thought I would be comfortable there."

Nowottnick compiled a 9-6 career record with the Skipjacks. He was 6-4 as a sophomore, with an impressive 52-to-24 strikeouts-to-walks ratio as he tied Jim Wix and Ryan Nichols for the staff lead in victories.

Chesapeake College baseball player Nik Nowottnick, fifth from left, recently signed a letter of intent to attend Towson University and play baseball for the Division I Tigers. Nowottnick, a Colonel Richardson High graduate, also graduated this spring from Chesapeake College. Pictured with Nowottnick, from left to right, on the day of Chesapeake’s graduation are Chesapeake College’s two Caroline County trustees, L. Nash McMahan and Margaret Myers; Chesapeake College President Dr. Barbara Viniar, Nowottnick’s Chesapeake College teammate and fellow 2012 graduate Ryan Apodaca; Nowottnick’s mother, Minia Nowottnick; Chesapeake College Athletic Director Frank Szymanski; and Caroline County Commissioner Wilbur Levengood, Jr. Photo by Marcie Molloy

"He’s very talented and he was very successful with us," said Szymanski, who indicated Nowottnick’s potential, attitude and ability to throw hard were attractive to four-year schools recruiting his ace.

"It’s obvious when you watch him pitch that he has good arm strength," said Towson head coach Mike Gotlieb. "There’s a lot there to be developed, and Coach Szymanski spoke very highly about him as a person, a coachable athlete and a competitor."

Towson, which plays in the Colonial Athletic Association, was 15-15 in the conference and 27-31 overall this past season.

Nowottnick, who briefly attended the University of Maryland Eastern Shore on a baseball scholarship after graduating from Colonel Richardson, said he is pleased to be back with an NCAA Division I program.

"I had a scholarship out of high school to play Division I, so I knew I could get back there," said Nowottnick. "I had a bunch of schools calling me throughout the spring."

"His future is full of possibilities," said Szymanski.

Nowottnick, who plans to major in communications, said leaving Chesapeake would be difficult.

"It was the best thing you could expect from a college," said Nowottnick. "Coach Szymanski was such a good coach. I wish it was a four-year school."

Szymanski noted Nowottnick’s signing makes him just the latest Skipjack to turn his two years at Chesapeake into an opportunity with a four-year program.

"We’ve been fortunate to have a lot of players go on to four-year colleges and universities," said Szymanski. "We’ve sent players to Division I programs that include Towson, UMBC, Temple, VCU George Mason University, and Old Dominion, Division II Wilmington University, Mars Hill, and Kutztown, and Division III programs including Salisbury and Frostburg. And our players have succeeded there just like they succeeded here."

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