Monday 14 December 2020 | 20:33
Brandon Coughlin was a junior varsity player at Hempfield in 2019, the last time the Spartans played a baseball game.
Due to the cancellation of the 2020 season due to the covid-19 pandemic, Coughlin has not yet played in a college game.
But that has not stopped him from earning a Department I scholarship.
Coughlin, a junior outfielder and pitcher, announced a commitment to Lehigh in the Patriot League.
He also considered Millersville, which has a Division II program.
“It means the world to me,” Coughlin said. “I feel very blessed to have this opportunity. I have dreamed of playing Division I baseball since I was little. Lehigh is such a great school academically, so that makes it even more meaningful to me. “
Coughlin joins senior teammate Phil Fox as a division I commit to. Fox is on its way to Gardner Webb.
Hempfield senior Christian Zilli will play in Division II Seton Hill.
Couglin played summer baseball for Flood City Elite and has played in front of college scouts at Prep Baseball Report Pennsylvania showcase events.
“The travel ball has had a very big impact on my recruitment,” he said. “I played in the Future Games in Dubois and represented Team PA in August, which was also a great experience.”
Coughlin is expected to help the Spartans in more ways than one this spring.
“He’s a hard worker and a talented player,” said Hempfield coach Tim Buzzard. “He has good speed / arm combination and has the chance to compete as a pitcher and / or outfielder at high school and college level.”
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– PBR Pennsylvania (@pbrpennsylvania) December 14, 2020
I am extremely excited and blessed to announce my commitment to Lehigh University. I want to thank God, my coaches and the family for making it all possible. #gomountainhawks pic.twitter.com/ljFf8tPs2H
– Brandon Coughlin (@ BrandonCough7) December 15, 2020