OVERTIME WITH COOPER DOSSETT
BY DON LOWE | PHOTO BY MARK STRICKLAND PHOTOS
Cooper Dossett committed to play baseball at the University of Arkansas very early in his high school career. The 6’0, 185-pound senior, right-handed pitcher and outfielder from Har-Ber High School has been excelling in baseball for years. Coach Dave Van Horn is getting a complete player on and off the field.
Cooper is considered one of the top high school players in the nation and was recently named a Pre-Season 2022 First Team High School All-American as a multi-position athlete by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
Head Coach Dustin Helmkamp and the Har-Ber Wildcats have high expectations for the 2022 baseball season. Winning a state championship is always the goal at Har-Ber.
We had the opportunity to talk with Cooper about his playing days in high school, personal interests and his future goals in this Overtime feature.
What was the determining factor in your commitment to play baseball for the University of Arkansas?
It has always been a dream of mine growing up here in Fayetteville. Great atmosphere, coaches, facilities and more.
How have your coaches through the years helped you become a better player?
My coaches have helped me develop as a person and player. My coaches have challenged me and showed me the benefits of hard work.
What is your biggest strength as a player on the baseball field?
My athleticism and leadership.
What are some things you would like to improve on as a player this spring?
Currently I am working on a lot but I would have to say my mechanics and pitch ability.
What is your biggest accomplishment as a player in high school baseball so far?
As a freshman and junior we played in the state championship while my sophomore year was canceled due to covid.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not playing baseball?
I love to fish and hunt.
How has Har-Ber High School helped you prepare for being a collegiate athlete at the University of Arkansas?
Har-Ber has prepared me academically and given me lifelong relationships.
What do you like the most about living in Northwest Arkansas?
I love the people and the community.
What would you like to be doing in 5 years?
Who is your favorite professional baseball player?
What are the goals in your final baseball season at Har-Ber?
Win the State Championship. Also not lose a conference game.
What other sports do you enjoy playing?
Football, Basketball, Volleyball