Desrosier went to UMC out of high school, but found NCTC as a better fit for him.
Seth Desrosier - Second year baseball player at Northland Community Technical College
CHS Class of 2015
Area of Focus - Electrician Program
Career Hopes – Unsure, but wants to be around Crookston
Other CHS Sports - Football and Basketball
How did you decide to play collegiately?
One of my classmates from Crookston played baseball here and he said I should come play with him. When I went through my application for school, I checked a box saying I was interested in playing baseball. The coach texted me the next day and said, “Welcome to the baseball team.”
How is the daily commute to Thief River Falls for practice?
I live with two other guys on the team in Grand Forks. Our assistant coach rides with us also and we all go to the school and they provide transportation over there. It makes for some late nights. It doesn’t get too much in the way of homework because I have to do my homework on my laptop. So I either do it in class or during breaks between school and practice.
What other schools were you considering?
I spent my first year of college at the University of Minnesota Crookston and they offered me to play baseball. I was up in the air about it because I knew I was going to move out of Crookston. The university just really wasn’t for me so I didn’t play there, ended up dropping out and came to Northland after that.
What was your biggest accomplishment in high school sports?
Probably our senior season of basketball. We had the second best record I think. We went about 25-4 and just missed going to state. In fifth grade, we won a state championship and all played together throughout high school.
What is your biggest accomplishment in collegiate sports?
Getting my first pitching start of the season against North Lake College when we were on our Spring Break trip in Texas. I picked up our first win of the season and on top of that, it was the first time we’ve beat them in 10 years.
Who was your favorite coach in high school?
What is something Coach Garmen did or said that has stuck with you?
He always preached work ethic and getting it done in the classroom. He always had his own funny sayings in the classroom and on the court. Whenever I talk to guys in high school, someone always brings up one of his sayings.
What did you notice as a big difference between playing in high school and running in college?
I didn’t know anyone else. You just show up and have to play together. At a technical college, you don’t have four years so sometimes a lot of guys only stay one year so you don’t get the same team chemistry and just go with the flow. We just have to try and get to know each other better and get together outside of practice.
How do you handle the adjustment of playing collegiately?
I felt like I had to get faster and just become a better athlete overall. Some of the things I’ve changed are techniques and trying to perfect them. It’s the next step up so you want to have the little things down. From a pitching standpoint, I’ve had to throw a lot more off-speed stuff.
How do you deal with the pressure of playing collegiately?
Our coaches always say no one has a specific starting spot no matter how good you are. You’re always working to beat the guy next to you. Try to have the better work mentality and try to get better as a player.
What is your trick to keep up with classwork and stay consistent in your game?
I drink a lot of coffee. I drink it before I go to class and then I drink more when I get home. That’ll get me through the day.
What is your game day routine?
My usual game day routine is having two cups of coffee when I wake up and when we get to the field. On our way to the field Blake Fetting (Ada, MN), Kade Nelson (Thief River Falls, MN), Brock Saparto (Houston, TX) and myself make the rest of our van listen to country music before games.
What do you miss about playing in Crookston?
I consider myself a hometown person. A lot of people would say they can’t wait to get out of Crookston. I don’t mind it and I think it’s in a good location. I liked the scenery. I wanted to go see what else is out there, but at the end of the day, Crookston is the hometown and I carry a lot of pride in that.
Does playing a sport help you manage your time?
I think it does because I know which time I don’t have to worry about homework. I know we’re always going to be finished at a certain time. It helps be stay balanced and healthy.
How has playing collegiately helped you prepare for life after school and sports?
I think the work mentality has helped and the self-pride from putting in a lot of hours playing sports. Hopefully when that transitions to a job, I can keep the work ethic.
How do you plan to stay around the game after you're done playing competitively?
I’d like to give back to Crookston by sharing my baseball knowledge and experiences and coach youth and high school baseball. This will also be my fifth year on the Crookston Reds amateur baseball team. On top of that, this will be my sixth year of playing men’s slow pitch softball, so I believe that I’ll always have a connection to the game for a long time.
Will you be mentally ready when your career comes to an end?
I think it’s a hard question to answer because I’d really like to start working and be done with college. I’ve been having a lot of shoulder pain this season that I’m too stubborn to get checked out because I’d like to finish out what might be my last year of college baseball without having to sit out during practices or games. On the flip side, it’ll be weird not seeing and talking to my teammates everyday that have turned into good friends over the last two years at NCTC. Having the van rides to commute to practices and van rides to game and experiences with that group of guys I’ll never forget.
What advice would you give to someone thinking about playing a sport in college?
I would tell them they have to be willing to make friends with new people. If they think it’s bad with school work now, it’s even worse as an athlete. It’s like a full-time job. It’s hard to balance social life when you’re on the road.