Name: Brandi Coon
Athletic accomplishment: In the week of April 13-18, she batted .688 (11 for 16) with 12 runs scored, six RBI, three doubles, a home run, three stolen bases and three walks. For her varsity career, she’s batting .538. She was selected all-state in softball in 2013-2014. She’s been selected all-section from 2011-2014. She’s been a member of the defending Class B champion Vikings from 2011-2014. She’s a member of the soccer and girls basketball teams. She plays travel softball for the TC Tremors out of Binghamton.
Academic accomplishment: She has a 95.5 GPA. She’s going to Marist next year on a full ride. She scored a 26 on the ACTs and her SAT scores were 540 (reading), 660 (math) and 630 (writing). She’s a member of the National Honor Society. She’s a peer leader for the incoming freshman class. She’s taking AP Calculus, Spanish 4 and three college courses. She’s helped administer the Section 1 Softball Breast Cancer fundraiser of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. She also works in the High School Partner program with Little League Softball players.
Getting to know
The Journal News: After falling short in the 2012 state championship game, how badly do you want to get back to the state final four?
Brandi Coon: I would want that more than anything. That’s the goal we’ve been working towards since before I joined the team. For that to happen would be amazing. Getting so close and not accomplishing the goal, it hurt. Hopefully, we can get back and accomplish it. I think experiencing that loss at states made the want to win even greater because we know the feeling of being there and to be so close. We got a taste of it and it probably made us want it even more.
TJN: You’re 20 hits away from 200 for your career at Valhalla. What do milestones like that mean to you?
BC: I’m not really a person to look at stats and I play for the team. I play to win and get better. I never look at the personal stats but it’s a lot to reflect on. I do think that after the season, I think it’ll start settling in more.
TJN: When deciding on Marist, how much of a factor was (former Eastchester standout) Janine Lali?
BC: I was familiar with her but we had never met before. I played with a lot of girls from Eastchester on my travel team so I knew of her through them.
TJN: What do you want to study?
BC: I think I want to go into either the computer science field or accounting field.
TJN: Do you enjoy coaching the young softball players at the clinics?
BC: I love the sport in general so trying to help anyone I can is something I enjoy. I know I was in their position at one point and I looked up to the older girls that helped me. I’m trying to act as a role model to these girls and help them as much as I can.
TJN: What do you do for fun when you get free time?
BC: I’m a family person so I would spend time with my family. It’s one of those things where you look back and you don’t want to regret not seeing the people you love.
The Con Edison Athlete of the Week recognizes students in Westchester and Putnam schools who excel athletically. Academic achievements, leadership, citizenship, and school and community activities are also factors. The winner is selected each week by a panel of athletic directors and coaches who review ballots submitted by each athlete’s athletic director or coach.