Baseball Signs Nine Student-Athletes to National Letters-of-Intent

The Chants ink nine in the early signing period.


Dec. 1, 2009


CONWAY, S.C. – The Coastal Carolina University baseball program and Head Coach Gary Gilmore have announced the signings of nine student-athletes to National Letters-of-Intent, it was announced today (Dec. 1).

 Joining the Chanticleers for the 2010-11 academic year are Jordan Coons (Jefferson City, Mo./Jefferson City (Jefferson College)), Jimmy Coughlin (Chatsworth, N.J./Seneca), John Fidanza (Prospect, Ky./Ballard), Tyler Herb (Lykens, Pa./Williams Valley), Chris King (Portsmouth, R.I./Portsmouth), Tripp Martin (Pelham, Ala./Pelham), Jacob May (Liberty Twp., Ohio/Lakota West), K.J. McAllister (Clermont, Ga./Gainesville) and Ryan Siegel (Sarver, Pa./Freeport).

“First and foremost, (Associate Head Coach) Kevin (Schnall) and (Assistant Coach) Brendan (Dougherty) have done just a tremendous job again in going out and finding us pieces to the puzzle,” Gilmore said. “We felt like this was going to be a huge year for us position-player wise. We were able to help ourselves in signing those position players. We might lose a tremendous amount of athleticism in the draft and in graduation. We also were able to help ourselves in signing a couple of arms. We fell very good about where we are position-player wise. It’s sometimes an overlooked commodity in college baseball, but for us, position players are of premium importance to us.

“It’s a good mix. We have a couple of middle infielders, a couple of guys behind the plate, an outstanding foot-speed outfielder and a couple of arms. I feel like we got a lot of what we needed, and the athleticism piece has been such a big part of our program for a number of years. On paper, this should be one of our better classes.”

Here is a breakdown of Coastal Carolina’s nine signees.

Jordan Coons – RHP/3B – 6-2 – 195 – Jefferson, Mo./Jefferson City (Jefferson College)
Played last season at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Mo.... Was named an Honorable Mention All-Conference selection his freshman season for the Vikings… Hit .507 with five home runs and 28 RBI his senior season at Jefferson City High School… Was a First Team All-State selection in the infield in 2008… Also was a First Team All-Area selection by the Columbia Tribune all four seasons… Was a three-time All-State selection and a four-time All-District honoree… Hit .500 or better his final three seasons at Jefferson City… Played on the 2007 Junior Sunbelt champions for Team Missouri… For his high school career, was 19-4 with a 2.20 earned-run-average on the mound… Was in the National Honor Society and in the top-15 percent of his graduating class at Jefferson City.

Jimmy Coughlin – LHP – 6-3 – 185 – Chatsworth, N.J./Seneca
Was an All-Olympic Conference and All-Group III First Team selection his junior season at Seneca High School… Went 5-3 on the mound in 2009… Was a Second Team All-Conference and All-Group III honoree his sophomore season… Made the All-Star Team for the Burlington County Carpenter Cup at Citizens Bank Park in 2009… Went 3-0 on the mound as a sophomore… Helped the NJ Super 17 team to a second-place finish at the WWBA National Championship in Ft. Myers, Fla.… Helped his team win the Triple Crown Championships in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Branford, Conn.… Helped the Tri-State Arsenal to a 2007 Nationals Division I championship… Is an Honor Roll student at Seneca…

John Fidanza – C – 6-0 – 190 – Prospect, Ky./Ballard
Was named to the All-District 27 and All-Region 7 First Team his junior season at Ballard High School in Louisville, Ky… Also was an Honorable Mention All-State selection in 2009… Was eighth in the state of Kentucky with a .437 batting average his sophomore season at Ballard… Was named to the All-District 27 First Team and the All-District 27 Tournament team in 2008… Was a Preseason Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American in the summer of 2008… Was invited to the East Coast Pro Showcase and the Area Code Games tryouts in the summer of 2009… Father, John Fidanza III, played two years of minor league baseball for the Yankees and White Sox organizations.

Tyler Herb – RHP – 6-2 – 160 – Lykens, Pa./Williams Valley
Went 7-2 with a 0.90 ERA and 99 strikeouts in 62 innings pitched his junior season at Williams Valley High School in Tower City, Pa… Was the Upper Dauphin Sentinel All-Area Player of the Year and a First Team All-Start by the Pottsville Republican Herald… Helped the Vikings to a District XI Class A championship and a PIAA State Class A qualifier… Hit .370 with eight doubles and 22 RBI as a junior… Was a First Team Upper Dauphin Sentinel All-Star and Williams Valley’s team Most Valuable Player his sophomore season… Was 8-2 with a 2.41 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 58 innings pitched in 2008… Had 14 doubles and a .325 average his sophomore campaign… Also plays football and basketball at Williams Valley… Was an Upper Dauphin Sentinel First Team All-Star in basketball and a 2008 Twin Valley Conference First Team All-Star in football… Was a Pennsylvania American Legion East-West All-Star Selection at pitcher for the Upper Dauphin Legion Baseball team in 2009… Was 5-1 with a 1.75 ERA and hit .426 with four home runs in 2009 in legion ball… Is an Honor Roll student at Williams Valley.

Chris King – C – 6-0 – 180 – Portsmouth, R.I./Portsmouth
Hit .514 with eight home runs and 34 RBI in 26 games his junior season at Portsmouth High School in Portsmouth, R.I… Was an All-State selection and helped the Patriots to a Division I – East championship… Was named the Newport County Player of the Year in 2009… Also was the Division I – East Most Outstanding Player his junior campaign… Was an All-County First Team selection his sophomore season, as he hit .406 with 27 RBI in 25 games… Also helped the Patriots to a Division I –East championship in 2008… Played for the Northeast Mudhens Under 18 team, the Under 17 World Yacht Clippers and the Extra Innings College Select Team… Is an Honor Roll student at Portsmouth.

Tripp Martin – IF – 6-2 – 185 – Pelham, Ala./Pelham
Hit .318 with five home runs and 24 RBI his junior season at Pelham High School in Pelham, Ala… Also had a 3-1 record with a 1.19 ERA on the mound for the Panthers… Was an Alabama Baseball Coaches Association All-Star selection in 2009 and helped Pelham to number-five selection in the Alabama Sports Writers Association and a #22 ranking in the country by Baseball America March 31, 2009… Was an All-Metro Honorable Mention his sophomore season.. Hit .373 with 17 RBI and had a 3-0 record with a 2.17 ERA in 2008… Helped Pelham to a #3 ranking in the state by the Alabama Sports Writers Association… Also plays football at Pelham… Was named to the Birmingham News Preseason All-Metro Football Team in 2009… Was named a 2010 five-star pitcher and infielder by the website Alabama Top Prospects… Hit .650 in the 2009 Pelham High School summer program… Was an Honor Roll student and the Birmingham News Scholar-Athlete of the Week Nov. 4, 2009.

Jacob May – IF – 5-10 – 180 – Liberty Twp., Ohio/Lakota West
Was a First Team All-Greater Miami Conference, All-Butler County and All-City selection his junior year at Lakota West High School in West Chester, Ohio… Also was a Second Team All-Ohio selection… Was a Cincinnati Enquirer All-Star and was on the All-Ohio team in 2009… Is a 2009 Perfect Game USA Rawlings Preseason All-America Honorable Mention… Participated in the East Coast Pro Showcase, the Perfect Game National Showcase and was on the Perfect Game National Underclassmen Showcase Top Prospect Team… Was an All-Greater Cincinnati Area selection by ESPN Rise… Is an Honor Roll student at Lakota West.

K.J. McAllister – IF – 5-8 – 155 – Clermont, Ga./Gainesville
Hit .449 with 11 doubles, six home runs and 34 RBI for North Hall High School in Gainesville, Ga., his junior season… Will play at Gainesville High School his senior season… Was a First Team All-Area selection his junior season and set three school records at North Hall in 2009 (runs, RBI and OPS)… As a sophomore, was a First Team All-Area selection, hitting .395 with eight doubles, four triples, six home runs and 27 RBI at North Hall… Was named the team’s Best All-Around Player… Played his freshman season at New Hanover High School in Wilmington, N.C… Helped them to the second round of the 4A State playoffs… Played in the Team Elite Showcase in 2008 and 2009… Played summer baseball for the Savannah Chain in 2007… Also played in the Perfect Game USA World Wood Bat Tournament in 2007 and 2008… Was inducted into the American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., in 2004… Earned the Renaissance Academic Silver Award in 2007-08.

Ryan Siegel – OF – 6-1 – 175 – Sarver, Pa./Freeport
Hit .457 with six home runs, 12 stolen bases and 20 RBI his junior season at Freeport High School in Sarver, Pa… Was a WPIAL First Team All-Conference selection and was named to the First Team All-Area by the Valley News Dispatch… Had a .500 on-base percentage and a .978 slugging percentage at Freeport in 2009… Went 3-1 with 24 strikeouts in 18.2 innings on the mound for the Yellow Jackets in 2009… Hit .408 his sophomore season with 11 stolen bases and 15 RBI… Also plays football at Freeport… Started as a wide receiver his sophomore season… Played for the Kiski Legion year his sophomore season and the Pittsburgh Bulldogs his junior year in summer baseball… Helped Kiski to a District championship and the Bulldogs to a League championship… Is ranked #1 in his graduating class heading into his senior year… Is on the Distinguished Honor Roll at Freeport.

The 2010 Coastal Carolina baseball season starts Friday, Feb. 19 with the Caravelle Resort Tournament. Coastal faces West Virginia at 4 p.m.



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