Athlete Worth Watching: Will Schwob
Mar 17, 2015 03:00PM ● Published by Cate Reynolds
Broadneck High School, Football, Basketball, Lacrosse, Volleyball
Will Schwob possesses scintillating athletic ability. The 6-foot-5 Schwob starts in football, basketball, and lacrosse at Broadneck High School. That’s not enough for him. He also plays volleyball for the Annapolis Volleyball Club in the fall.
All that activity makes him unique. Many high school athletes tend to cut back on sports as a senior year. Not Schwob. He added football. “I wanted to prove myself during my senior year,” Schwob says. “I just missed playing football. I knew it would be a lot of work. I stopped playing after my freshman year, but I have been playing since I was nine.”
Football was important to Schwob, but it’s volleyball that will be the biggest part of his future. Schwob will be attending Division I Grand Canyon University in Arizona on a volleyball scholarship. Schwob has been playing the sport for only three years, but it runs in the family. His father Michael coached women’s and men’s volleyball at the Naval Academy for 20 years. Both of his parents also played college volleyball—Michael at George Mason and Susan at Maryland.
The younger Schwob was recruited by Ohio State and Penn State for volleyball and he raised his profile competing for USA Volleyball High Performance Program teams in Iowa, Florida, and Oklahoma.
“One of my main strengths is my physicality hitting the ball and my quickness getting on and off the net,” Schwob says. “And I am a good defensive player. My blocking and knowledge are what coaches like.”
Schwob hadn’t played football since his freshman year, but he had a season to remember this fall when he earned All-County honors as a cornerback for the 10-1 Bruins. He recorded 75 tackles and led the team with four forced fumbles and four interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns.
“He was just tremendous,” Broadneck football coach Rob Harris says. “He is physically tough and was a guy who worked really hard. He showed his leadership that way.”
On the basketball court, Schwob started as a junior and senior and co-captained the team both seasons. He ranked second in rebounding and third in scoring for the Bruins in 2014.
“When he did some weight training, he got stronger and more explosive,” Broadneck basketball coach Daryl Reid says. Schwob also had an impact on Broadneck’s lacrosse team, finishing second in goals in 2014 with 25. He’ll co-captain the team this spring.
Schwob takes his academics seriously, too. He carries a 3.5 grade point average and wants to major in business management. Playing four sports makes him carefully budget his time to study. “I have to do my homework in the car rides between practices for basketball and volleyball,” Schwob says with a laugh.