TOM HAY COGGINS: LEADERSHIP IN THE CLASSROOM AND ON THE DIAMOND
Myers Park High School senior baseball player Tom Hay Coggins has driven a straight path to success
both on the baseball field and inside the classroom. The 17 year old son of Boyd and Anne Hay
Coggins has set and reached goals his entire life. Just last week he achieved one of his biggest goals
ever by accepting an offer to play baseball and continue his education at the prestigious Rhodes College
in Memphis, Tennessee. Tom Hay certainly established himself as a top flight Student-athlete
at Myers Park and built an impressive high school resume.
On the baseball field, Tom Hay has been a four year member of the varsity team at Myers Park. He
is recognized by many as a strong hitting first baseman with good power and a high baseball IQ. The
Mustangs will rely heavily on his leadership as they hope to contend for the Southwestern 4A Conference
Championship this spring.
Tom Hay’s goal was to combine his classroom and baseball success for an opportunity at a strong
academic institution. He fit the profile of the type of player Rhodes College looks for on their athletic
teams. With the help of his club baseball coaches, Tom Hay and Rhodes made a connection.
“I have a profile on the recruiting website, “Field Level.” This is where I noticed that Rhodes was looking
at my profile, which contains my highlight videos, my test scores, and my transcript. My summer
team coaches, John Ennis and Jeff Schaefer, told me they had been in touch with Coach Cleanthes and
Coach Schrier from Rhodes and that they were interested in seeing me play. My mom, dad, and I took
a trip to Rhodes in Memphis, Tennessee to participate in a tour of the campus and a baseball prospect
camp. When we got there, I immediately began to feel relaxed and everybody in the admissions office
made me feel at home while on campus. I was very impressed with the campus and all of the friendly
students that I was able to meet. During the showcase, I felt an instant connection between me, the
coaches, and the current Rhodes players. The facilities were awesome, with a brand new hitting facility
behind the centerfield fence and a new turf home plate and batters’ box area. The city of Memphis is
full of great restaurants and many things to do. It is a long way from home but with all of the great places
to go in Memphis and most of my time dedicated to baseball and my studies, I’m confident that I won’t
have much time to feel homesick.”
Tom Hay was able to find his perfect match, a school with a strong balance between academics and
athletics. Rhodes Baseball went 33-13 last season and was ranked inside the top ten of Division III.
The school was also home to his grandfather who attended Rhodes when it was called Southwestern at
Tom Hay hopes to major in Math and Economics at Rhodes College.
“I hope to take everything I’ve learned at Myers Park to Rhodes and improve my skills to help me get
a great job out of college.”
Looking back on the foundation he has built, Tom Hay’s key to success has been to stay organized and
on schedule. This allowed him to achieve the level of academic success he desired all while working year
round on his baseball skills.
“I was able to find success in the classroom and on the baseball field by constantly
managing my time wisely between my schoolwork, baseball practices
and games, and personal time such as hanging out with friends and family. I
found it essential to get in a routine in order to keep all of my assignments,
baseball practice, and game times organized so I wouldn’t miss anything.”
This plan allowed Tom Hay to record a 3.75 unweighted and 4.58 weighted
grade point average. Tom Hay also stayed very active in community service
“I’m honored to be the captain of the Myers Park DREAM Team which is a
leadership class of senior athletes who teach underage kids to be 100% drug,
tobacco, alcohol, and violence free. Also, we raise money for certain foundations.
The month of September is pediatric cancer awareness month, and the
DREAM Team raised a total of $10,000 for the month for pediatric cancer
As if this wasn’t enough, Tom Hay also achieved Eagle Scout status, something
he considers among the greatest achievements of his life.
“I started the process when I was 11 years old and ended at 17. The six year
process entailed advancing through the ranks to Eagle by earning many merit
badges, completing multiple projects, serving in different leadership positions,
and learning about the outdoors during many camping trips. Being an Eagle
Scout means that I know what it takes to be a legitimate leader anywhere, on
the field, in school, etc. It means that I have the ability to finish what I start
even if it’s a long road to my final goal.”
Tom Hay gave back to the place that built his baseball foundation by completing
his Eagle Project at Myers Park Trinity Little League. He built a beautiful
pathway on an incline from the tee ball fields to the little league fields.
With this very important decision now in the rear view mirror, Tom Hay is
working hard to have an outstanding senior season on the baseball field. He
hopes to provide the leadership that he has witnessed from past Myers Park
baseball seniors. Baseball season is only five months away and Tom Hay is
ready for the first pitch at Jack Sink Stadium, home of the Mustangs.
The South Charlotte Sports Report congratulates Tom Hay Coggins for his
incredible dedication to becoming a successful Student-athlete and for never
wavering from his goals. We have no doubt that Tom Hay Coggins will find
great success at Rhodes College both on the field and in the classroom. Good