Cleary University signs Beal City’s Hoogerhyde to baseball team

Posted: March 20, 2014

HOWELL – Nick Hoogerhyde, a senior from Beal City High School, has signed a letter of intent to play for the Cleary University baseball team.

“Nick comes from a great, athletic family and a top program in Beal City,” said Karl Kling, head baseball coach for Cleary University. “He is a tremendous student. Nick will fit perfectly with our campus and our program.”

Hoogerhyde, a catcher, is a three-year varsity player for the Aggies. He helped his team to the state finals as a junior and was named to the all-district academic team the same year.

Hoogerhyde was a three-year-varsity football player at Beal City and is a member of the National Honor Society and Youth in Government.

“I like the size of Cleary,” said Hoogerhyde. “Coach Kling made me feel comforotable and we are bringing back baseball to Cleary. It’s exciting to be a part of that.”

That sense of tradition is why Hoogerhyde chose Cleary.

“Cleary University has been focused on business for 130 years,” Hoogerhyde said. “That is why I want to go here!”

Cleary University reintroduced its collegiate athletic program in 2011 when it formed teams for men’s and women’s golf and cross country. Cleary’s athletic program also includes: men’s and women’s soccer, baseball, softball and lacrosse. Baseball and softball are scheduled to begin in 2015. Cleary is a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA).

Cleary University ( is an independent, not-for-profit, multi-campus, specialized business university, committed to the betterment of society through the success of its alumni and their employers; to operate as a role model of responsible business practice; to embrace quality management principles, innovation, and an attentive customer focus; and to aspire to a better future.

Cleary’s mission is to provide a practical, application-based education, which equips students to advance their careers.