What do most high school sophomores typically do? Go to school, complete homework, hang out with friends and commit to a Division 1 baseball institution. Wait, one of those things doesn’t belong. For Sean Heine, they all do.
The right-handed pitcher from Medford, NJ was already being recruited for college during the summer before his sophomore year. Of the teams recruiting him, Maryland, Pittsburgh and Rutgers were among the most noteable.
In July of that summer, Heine committed to Maryland.
“The campus was awesome. I knew the education was great. The coaching staff, at the time, was awesome. I know it is now. I just fell in love with it once I stepped on campus,” Heine said.
Committing so early alleviated a lot of stress off of both Heine, now a senior at Shawnee High School, and his parents Matt and Beth.
“It really did help us out as parents.” Matt Heine said. “It’s good to know your son is gonna be taken care of and he’s gonna go to a great institution for four years.”
Sean’s father had the greatest influence on Heine growing up, as he was the first person to really show him the game of baseball.
“He’s the one who taught me the game, showed me the ropes.” Sean said. “I give a lot of credit to him for introducing me to the game and keeping me on until this point today.”
Along with his parents, Heine said that there were two other coaches who have been significant influences in his life, Jim Shinske and Guy Lynam.
Shinske coached Heine from 7U to 12U, when he was in Medford Baseball and Lynam has coached Heine since he moved over to All Out Baseball, from 13U to now.
Lynam in particular has made a big impact on Heine’s recruitment process.
“He [Lynam] set me up with Maryland. He set me up with all these college coaches. He got me all the exposure in the world,” Heine said.
As a pitcher, Heine has the most important job on the diamond; he can single-handedly control the tempo of the game. That’s one of the main reasons why he stuck with the game, according to his father.
“He really loved that it was him against the batter. It’s really a one-on-one in a team sport,” Matt Heine said. “I always tell him that it [baseball] is the most individual team sport there really is.”
That is also where Heine’s main motivation, his competitive spirit, stems from, both athletically and academically.
“I always have in my mind that there’s someone trying to get better than me and I think that drives me. I think that competition is awesome and being competitive always makes you better,” Heine said.
Along with baseball, Heine has played a plethora of different sports. At Shawnee, Heine has played on the varsity basketball team, but after committing to Maryland for baseball, he will just play for fun in college.
He also is an avid fisherman and likes to fish in the lakes near his house. That helps to explain Heine’s personality off the field.
“He’s more laid back and fun loving. He’s kind of a joker, makes a lot of people laugh off the field,” Matt Heine said.
Going into winter workouts before his season with Shawnee baseball, Heine’s goals for the season are less about himself and more about the future of the program.
“I think it’s just to make a lasting imprint on the younger guys here, to show them good leadership, show them what it looks like to be a good teammate, to be a good leader, and leave a good lasting impression with the guys around me,” Heine said.