The Candor

BenU Says Goodbye to Ostrowski

by Elana Garay




John Ostrowski has retired from being the head coach of the baseball team at Benedictine University after 43 years of coaching. He has gained 990 wins during his career which is the most wins in Benedictine University history. His 900th win was in 2012. He brought the baseball team to the NCAA Regionals eight times and three times finished in the top three.

According to the press release from Benedictine Athletics the Director of Athletics Mark McHorney stated, “Coach Ostrowski leaves behind a tremendous legacy that has impacted the lives of many young men coming through the institution. His impact was felt way beyond the diamond and I thank him for his gracious lengthy service to this institution.”               Back in 1973, Ostrowski started at Benedictine with the record of 19-13. The following year they won 21 games and there have been 20 or more wins for 18 years since 1987.

In the same press release, Ostrowski stated, “I have been very blessed to be at a great school like Benedictine for my entire career. I have had outstanding support from administrators, faculty and staff. Add to that the outstanding players that I was fortunate to coach. All of that made this a dream job that I wouldn’t have traded for any other.”