CRESTLINE – Nathan Coffman has been a busy man. The Crestline Senior picked up the All-Crawford County Baseball Player of the Year award on Monday and had football practice for the NCOFCA All-Star Classic the same evening.
He has also been chosen to play in the Mizuno Baseball All-Star Series at Davis Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University, but the series is on Friday and Saturday, the same day as the football game.
Looks like his Saturday will be just as busy. Coffman has decided to take advantage of both opportunities.
“It may sound crazy, but I’m going to play in both. Saturday, I am playing the first baseball game and then driving straight to Lexington for the football game,” Coffman said. “I couldn’t miss out on these opportunities because they are great memory makers. I mean, how many can say that they played in both the football all-star game and the baseball all-star series? It is just crazy to even think about it. I have been blessed with some great opportunities.”
The do-it-all Bulldog has just one goal in his mind during his busy Saturday, representing Crestline to the best of his abilities and proving to the underclassmen that they too can succeed under any circumstances.
“I feel like an outcast kind of,” Coffman said as the only Bulldog on the practice field. “But, it also makes me want to work harder to give Crestline a good name. Everyone thinks that since you go to Crestline you cannot succeed or go off to college and excel in whatever you choose to do, but you can. You can do anything no matter what the circumstances. I just hope my success shows that even though you go to Crestline, you can still succeed.”
Coffman has been doing just that after racking up the post season awards. The senior will find himself on the football field during Saturday’s all-star classic after a stellar senior season. The tight end led his team in receiving with 516 yards on 49 catches. He found the end zone four times. Defensively he collected 60 tackles (48 solo) with a sack, seven tackles for loss, one interception and three fumble recoveries.
The stat sheet will be full after Saturday, but that is not what Coffman is looking forward to the most. Being the only Bulldog, he is excited to play with the guys from the Northern 10 Conference instead of against them.
“I’m excited to be here. During basketball, I played against all of my N10 teammates. With this football game, I get to play with those guys instead of against them. I cannot wait to play and make some good memories,” Coffman added.
The future Tiffin Dragon plans to play tight end for the university and major in Exercise Science.