A Balancing Act
By Dan Karpuc
Special to GoHolyCross.com
It is often said that the hardest thing about college is learning how to manage one’s time. A typical college student spends his or her time going to class, studying, eating, exercising and hanging out socializing. At a rigorous academic institution like Holy Cross, much of a student’s time revolves around their studies. Being a student-athlete adds more challenges to the usual to-do list. Varsity athletes practice daily and attend several other team activities each week. Time management then becomes an even greater challenge for any college varsity athlete. Managing active participation in one sport is demanding, but consider participating in two varsity sports. Crusader sophomore Josh Hauser has taken on such a challenge as a member of the Holy Cross football and baseball teams.
A native of the lone star state, Hauser recalled developing a love for football, basketball and baseball at a very young age. “I played basketball and baseball pretty much since I could walk,” he remarked. In the fifth grade, he was introduced to football. His love for all three sports led him to play at a high level, where he displayed his talents in all three sports for Bishop Lynch High School in Dallas, Texas.
Hauser was left frustrated after a freshman football season of playing on the line and was ready to give the sport up until his dad suggested he try the tight end position. “I didn’t even hear of the position,” Hauser joked. Seventy-eight catches, 1,309 yards and 16 touchdowns later, he was awarded the 2008 Texas High School State Championship MVP and found himself being recruited by Holy Cross, a Division I-AA football school, playing the very position at first he didn’t even know existed.
During his time at Bishop Lynch, Hauser decided to give up basketball to focus on football and baseball. In baseball, he was primarily a pitcher but also manned both corner infield positions. He also played for the Dallas Titans Baseball Club, where he was named Pitcher of the Year from 2006-2008.
Hauser’s high school success can be attributed to a variety of factors. He noted that his parents Alan and Cyndi Hauser have been very supportive of him throughout his life when it has come to everything, including sports. His older brother Adam played football for the University of San Diego and had a huge influence on his work ethic throughout high school and beyond. “My brother was always bigger and stronger than me, which created a motivation for me to work harder and play more,” said Hauser. He also notes that numerous teachers and coaches have helped him along his journey to Holy Cross. Hauser wants to make his family proud and he thinks it will be incredibly rewarding to look back on his college experience and say that despite the physical and mental challenges, he was able to successfully play two Division I sports. He is humbled by the opportunities that have come his way and is very thankful to those who have helped him attain his goals up to this point.
Recruited primarily for football at Holy Cross, Hauser finds himself splitting time between football, where is a tight end, and baseball, where he is a pitcher. On the gridiron, Hauser caught five passes for 43 yards during the 2010 campaign, while playing in six games with one start. Unfortunately, he suffered a back injury midway through the year which caused him to miss the final five games of the season.
Hauser has recovered from that injury to once again be a key part of the pitching staff on the Crusader baseball team this spring. He currently has a 2-0 record with one save, while posting a 6.94 earned run average and striking out 16 batters in 23-1/3 innings of work.
Holy Cross head football coach Tom Gilmore and head baseball coach Greg DiCenzo have been very helpful in assisting Hauser when it comes to managing his time between the two sports. DiCenzo commented, “Josh is a hard-nosed, tough ballplayer. An ultra-competitor, he is everything that both coach Gilmore and I look for in a student-athlete.”