Turn Back the Clock: UMD's Shawn Pogreba

By KBJR News 1

June 28, 2011 Updated Jun 28, 2011 at 4:59 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Playing multiple sports in one season was nothing new for UMD's Shawn Pogreba. He was named to the all-state teams in football, hockey, and baseball during his senior high school season at St. Paul Johnson.

In college, Pogreba played in the WCHA for the UMD men's hockey team and in the NSIC as a member of the Bulldogs baseball team.

"It's a little different atmosphere," Pogreba said back in 1996. "The NSIC stays in Minnesota pretty much. I'm just looking to have a great year and hopefully we can win the league."

Professional athlete Deion Sanders was a poster boy for two-sport athletes, becoming successful in both football and baseball. Pogreba hoped to leave his mark in the sports of hockey and baseball.

"There was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to play baseball too," Pogreba said. "[UMD men's hockey coach] Mike Sertich said as long as I kept my grades up, I could pursue baseball too, so I'm just looking forward to it."

"I'm glad that kids do that," Sertich said of Pogreba's duel sports. "I think that not only enhances his hockey ability but also his whole stay here at UMD. He played so well for us in tough situations, ended up killing penalties and doing other things we were very happy he could do. Obviously, the other parts of the game will evolve with time."

Posted by Zach Schneider
zschneider@northlandsnewscenter.com