Another local high school student/athlete has made the decision to continue his athletic and academic career at the next level as North Adams senior soccer player Drew Coppock has signed his letter of intent to become a member of the Shawnee State Bears men’s soccer program. The official signing ceremony took place with family and school officials at NAHS on Feb. 20.
“I ended up choosing Shawnee for their radiology program,” said Coppock, a goalkeeper by trade. “It’s one of the best around and it is affordable. The soccer program is growing, they’ve already signed five or six exceptionally talented guys that I’ve played with or against and I just wanted to be a part of it.”
“I feel that in a year or two the program will be able to compete at a high level again and I also wanted to follow in Coach Wooten’s footsteps.”
Coach Wooten is North Adams boys’ soccer coach Isaac Wooten, who himself is a SSU graduate and former goalkeeper for the Bears.
“Drew has played goal for me since his sophomore year and improved every day since,” Wooten told The Defender. “He holds the school’s career shutout record, goals against record, and all-time wins for a keeper. Drew has earned his right to play at the next level and has put in the extra time to improve his game. He has been playing soccer year-round and all of the additional training has paid off and he is the complete package.”
“Drew had the eye of several universities and much to my liking he chose my alma mater and my old position. I hope he makes the lasting connections that I did while at school. Drew is a great young man who will do wonderful things in life. I have all the confidence in the world in him.”
Shawnee State head coach Mark Trapp is looking forward to having Coppock between the pipes for the Bears.
“I first saw Drew play the summer before his junior year when he played in our High School Super Scrimmage,” says Trapp. “He was in goal and Coach Wooten told me that I should keep my eye out for him. He also came to our Shawnee Goalkeeper Academy and I really liked his athleticism and coach-ability. In our conference we have a lot of tall forwards so having a tall keeper like Drew will help. He can get to shots that other keepers can’t.”
“Drew will compete immediately from day one. We have only one keeper on the roster so he will get plenty of training each day to get ready for the collegiate game.”
Shawnee State is an NAIA school, competing in the Mid-South Conference. The Bears finished 6-13 last season.