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Sep 02, 2021

Red Bank Catholic’s Alex Bauman Dominant on the Football Field

By Chris Ern

Alex Bauman is, simply put, a monster on the football field. Standing at 6’4” and weighing 235 pounds, this unique hybrid athlete, playing on both offense and defense, looks to have another incredible year for Red Bank Catholic. He has become a force to be reckoned with in the fall as he dominates opponents as a defensive end and tight end.

Having football in his DNA, Bauman has always had a special connection to the game. Growing up a sports lover, he started playing flag football in kindergarten and would continue until sixth grade before making the transition to tackle football for the Riverplaza Chargers. From there, he took his talents to RBC and followed in his brother’s footsteps.

Kevin, Alex’s brother, started at RBC two years prior to Alex and is now continuing his football journey at Notre Dame. The Bauman brothers spent two years playing together at RBC as they worked to continue to motivate each other and become better athletes together. Alex, who now enters his senior year at RBC, said his brother has been instrumental in his success as an athlete.

“You don’t get to take the field with your brother that often,” Bauman said. “Kevin coached me up to be the best player I could be.”

Bauman took his game to a whole new level last fall. After a standout junior year, he was named First Team All-State Defensive End with seven sacks, two forced safeties, and plenty of tackles for loss.

“A lot of work went into it,” Bauman said. “Even though it was a COVID-19 year, I still had to put in all the work, and I couldn’t thank my teammates and coaches enough for getting me there.”

Bauman has worked through some challenges as an athlete, including one that involved an injury during his sophomore season. After a noncontact hip avulsion fracture, Bauman was sidelined for about a month.

“I went to physical therapy basically every day to get stronger so I could get to the field as quickly as possible,” Bauman said.

Learning from this setback, Bauman explained how important it is to stay mentally locked, even if from the sideline. Keeping a strong mindset was just as important as the rehab process, Bauman said.

Bauman explained that the accomplishments and challenges along the way have “set a standard” for himself to become “one of the better players in the state, if not the best.”

“I want to make everyone on my team better and make my whole team better, so we can reach that ultimate goal of winning a state championship this year,” he said.

Focusing on the year ahead, Bauman looks to put together another impressive season to help pave the way to a state championship. He is also striving for another First Team All-State title as a senior.

“I want to average a sack per game, if not more,” he said. “I want to definitely force some turnovers, maybe some picks at the line, some batted passes or some fumbles. I also want to make as many tackles for losses as I can. On the offensive side, I would like to score some touchdowns, but also run my routes well enough so that I can draw some attention and get my teammates open.”

After 2021, Bauman plans to play football at the next level, though he is currently undecided on which college he will attend. He said he has received offers from Rutgers University, University of Notre Dame, University at Buffalo, Wake Forest University, Army West Point, Tulane University, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, and Coastal Carolina University. Bauman is also interested in schools such as Boston College, Vanderbilt University, University of Maryland, and Stanford University after visiting those campuses and taking the time to get to know each unique program.

“I think it’ll be an awesome experience, being around other football players who have the same dream as you, which is getting to the NFL and being a successful college athlete,” Bauman said.

With his future in mind, Bauman also looks back on all the hard work he has put in with his coaches and all the support he has received from loved ones. He values all the efforts of his coaches, teammates, family and friends, who have shaped him to not only be a better athlete but a better person.

“You guys are all a part of this journey with me,” he said to his supporters. “I couldn’t thank you all enough. You all helped me in every way possible physically and mentally to get my head straight and perform out on the field.”

With his senior football season underway, Bauman gets ready to leave his mark on the field for one final season. Keep an eye out for No. 14 this fall, as Bauman is gearing up for another special year at RBC.

Three things to know about Alex Bauman:
1. He likes to fish.
2. He worked for Gracie and the Dudes in Sea Bright this summer before the football season began.
3. At RBC, Alex is involved with campus ministry and Catholic Athletes for Christ.