Montini Catholic congratulates senior Jack Angus for his commitment to join Belmont Abbey's baseball program in the fall of 2021. He formally committed on National Sports Signing Day, Wednesday, November 11th.
Jack, who has held a passion for baseball since he was barely able to walk, and started his travel baseball career at the ripe age of eight, is looking very forward to his future as a Crusader! "As soon as I picked up that ball, it changed my life," he recalls. "Baseball is more than just a game. It’s a game that creates many friendships and memories that will never be forgotten."
Jack began making his Bronco baseball memories, as a vital member of the program's varsity team, during his freshman year. He was just a sophomore when his Broncos won the 2019 IHSA State Championship (batting a 4 and 5 throughout the season, playing first base and pitching several innings). "Winning the State Championships was one of the best moments and feelings of my life," he said. "It was an unforgettable memory and feeling. Every time I watch the last play of the video I get chills because of how awesome it was! I’m glad I was a part of the very first state championship for the Montini Catholic Baseball Team. It is a great accomplishment and it was one goal that I really wanted to accomplish during my time here!"
Jack spends his time as a student at Montini Catholic in other ways as well. He has been a select member of Montini's Peer Ministry Team, a group whose goal is to inspire others spiritually, and is also a member of Montini's Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Baseball, however, will forever have his heart and he has shared some very healthy insights as to why. "It has made me into the person I am today and I’m grateful for it. Baseball has taught me how to fail and that to succeed, you need to fail. Failure is just part of the process. I love this game and I will always love this game. Not only because of the fun part of it, the trophies and individual achievements, but because of the friendships that will last forever and never be broken."
He is also looking very forward to his academic life post high-school and is hoping to major in Computer Science at Belmont Abbey next fall. "I'd like to study ways to develop software and systems with different technology uses." Jack considered several offers from other colleges before making his decision. "I received offers from Ohio Dominican (D2 outside of Columbus), West Virginia State (D2 in Charleston), Northwestern College (NAIA in Iowa), Southern New Hampshire (D2 in Manchester)," he said. "I was receiving a lot of interest from colleges as well. D1s included Columbia, Lehigh, Colorado State, North Carolina Central. D2s included Grand Valley State, Upper Iowa, St Leo, Lewis, Quincy, Missouri St, Louis, Minot State, Hillsdale, Maryville, and Minnesota State."
"As soon as I stepped foot on Belmont Abbey's campus (in North Carolina) I knew it was home," he said. "They had everything I wanted. The campus is beautiful. It's not a huge school, but not too small either. It was perfect. My goal was to play baseball down south, and it has been my dream ever since I was young. D1 was the main goal, but D2 in the south is just as good if not better than some D1s. Everything the coaches and the school had to offer was perfect for me and my family. I chose Belmont because of the location, the baseball program (they are the top 25 in all of D2 baseball), the campus, and because of people I know who go there. Three former players from my travel baseball program attend there now and they love it. It’s good to have people there you know especially close to home. I am very happy with my decision and I can’t wait to be a Crusader on campus in nine short months!'
Since making this crucial decision, one of many to come in his life, Jack has no reservations what-so-ever. "I am very happy with my decision. It was the best fit for me and my family. I have to say thank you to the other coaches recruiting me and all their help, but Belmont Abbey was the best fit for me academically and athletically." Parents, (Darren and Susan Angus) are extremely proud and happy about his decision. "Since it’s a Catholic college, they believe it will help my faith life grow and help me grow as an individual. They are happy that I will be able to live my dream of playing college baseball, and they cannot wait to see what my future holds."
Before his Crusader dreams begin, however, Jack is looking forward to his last baseball season as a Bronco. "Not being able to play last spring (due to the Covid shutdown) was very depressing and hard. I was not able to play, practice, or be with my team. It was hard because baseball is my life and I love the game so much," he shared. "Since it was my junior year, I knew I still had one more year ahead of me. During the time off, all I did was grind, practice, and do everything I could to get better." With the summer season around the corner, Jack hopes to play a full season safe and sound. "I am also hoping we can repeat and win the state championship again. It is a very difficult task because we lost about ten good players/seniors, but we still have talent that can get us another ring!"
Jack credits Montini Catholic, for playing a crucial role in preparing him for this next step in his life. "They have prepared me, not only as a student, but as an individual and as a Lasallian. All of my teachers and classmates have been pushing me to succeed since my freshman year. I have been filled with tons of information from all different subjects and I do feel totally prepared for college."
"Jack has been an important part of the Montini Catholic baseball program," says Head Coach Rich Janor. "He comes from an outstanding and supportive family, and brings an exceptional passion for the game to the ballpark every day. We expect big things from Jack during his senior season at Montini Catholic as well as during his collegiate baseball career!"
"My experience has been phenomenal at Montini. I was originally supposed to go to Hinsdale South, but choosing Montini was the best choice for me. I have been able to grow my knowledge to another level and grow as a person. I have seen a difference in myself as well as my parents, classmates, and teachers. My faith life has also grown. I would like to say thank you to all the teachers who have taught and guided me to the next year here at Montini. I would also like to thank the Peer Ministry team and the members of it for the hard work we have done to prepare and set examples in the schools. I would like to thank Rich Janor, Eric Scott, Tyler Wells, Wally Weisenburger, Rick Dudzinski, and all of my teamsters for pushing me to get to this point. I would not have done any of this without them. And most of all, I would like to thank my loving and supporting parents who have raised me into the person I am today. Thank you for constantly pushing me and guiding me to be the great person, athlete, and son I can be. Belmont Abbey will be home soon and I can’t wait to be a Crusader on campus!"
Jack Angus is from Darien and graduated from Cass Junior High School. He is a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish.