Ex-Hoggard baseball standout now key part of Gardner-Webb lineup
Mon. February 11, 2013 at 7:01 p.m. | By By Robert Demetrious | StarNews Correspondent
Hoggard graduate Scott Coleman started every game in the 2012 season for the Gardner-Webb baseball team. Photo courtesy GWUPhotos.com.
Light on gab, heavy with the wood, Scott Coleman does his talking, and damage, at the plate. A three-time All-State baseball honoree with Hoggard High School, it did take Coleman a little time to find his voice at the collegiate level with Gardner-Webb.
Living away from home took some getting use to during his freshman year in the fall of 2010. The adjustment period wasn’t only for living away from home, but the strength of his schedule in the classroom.
“I struggled,” he admitted. “But I’ve worked hard and have been bringing my GPA up every semester.”
On the field, Coleman didn’t waste any time to get into the swing of things. Despite only being a freshman, Coleman locked up a starting spot thanks to some traditional values.
“I earned the job,” said Coleman. “I work hard and hit a lot.”
While he finished with 16 multi-hit games Coleman realized he had work to do to get better. The road to improvement took Coleman back home for a summer with the Wilmington Sharks wood-bat collegiate team.
“I was really excited for the chance to come home and play again in Wilmington,” said Coleman. “It was a lot of fun.”
With that experience under his belt, Coleman was ready to reach the next level in his development. However, after playing third base throughout high school and his freshman season with Gardner-Webb, Coleman was asked to switch to the outfield.
He used the new challenge as motivation, raising his batting average 62 points to .312, and adding 30 RBI on 69 hits.
“I made some adjustment,” said Coleman. “I took my training more seriously and worked hard.”
He came home again following his sophomore season to play with the Sharks. He said he’s been offered to return for a third summer, but he might take this season off to give his body a rest.
The 2013 season is upon the Bulldogs and, now, as a junior, Coleman has assumed the responsibilities of a leader, a role that he is ready to take on.
I am one of the leaders on the team,” said Coleman. “I work hard and try to make it fun for the guys. We have a really good team and I’m excited about this season.”