GOSHEN — Deric Haynes is an ambitious young man.
For a lot of students playing one sport in college is enough of a challenge, but not for Haynes as he is going on to Manchester University to play both basketball and baseball.
“It will be a lot of work,” Haynes said. “I will have to work even harder in college than I did in high school.”
Haynes played both sports at Goshen High School.
“It will be tough to do, but Deric is very disciplined,” Goshen boys basketball coach Brian Bechtel said. “He has the work ethic to do it. He has had to work hard at everything he has accomplished both in athletics and academics.”
Bechtel speaks from experience about playing two sports in college.
“I played basketball and tried baseball at Bethel College, but baseball only lasted for one semester,” the coach said. “Deric is athletic and skilled enough at both sports to make it work.”
“We will see how it works out,” Deric’s father John Haynes said. “I would suspect if he had to drop one it would be basketball.”
Haynes also considered Huntington University, Heidelberg University (Tiffin, Ohio), Anderson University, Elmhurst College (Elmhurst, Illinois) and Southeastern University (Lakeland, Florida).
“I felt comfortable at Manchester,” Haynes said. “The school also had the major — sports management — that I wanted. It just seems like a good fit for me both in athletics and academics.”
Haynes would like to work for a professional sports team in the future.
The Manchester basketball team posted a 5-19 overall record (4-13 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference) this past season.
“The team was very young,” Haynes said. “We can pull together and get better. The team works well together and there is a good coaching staff.”
Elkhart Central High School graduate Blake Brouwer was a freshman last season for the Spartans.