July 23, 2012

Eight More Agree to Play Baseball at Coker

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Coker College baseball coach Dave Schmotzer announced today that Clint Allen, Tyler Brown, T.J. Giczkowski, Ernie Kirkwood, Josh Altman, Shea Bell, Will Winslow and Hunter Ressler will play for the Cobras.

Allen is a 6-foot outfielder from West Bladen High School in Bladenboro, N.C. He lettered in baseball, football and soccer. He was all-conference in baseball with a .465 average his senior season, and was an all-conference selection in soccer.

Clint is the son of Nathan and Wendi Allen.

Brown, a 5-foot-11-inch outfielder, joins the program after lettering in baseball at Dorman High School in Spartanburg, S.C. He also plays for the Upstate Mavericks, a summer team.

Tyler is the son of David and Catherine Brown.

Giczkowski is a 5-foot-10-inch outfielder transferring from Niagara County Community College in New York. He was a two-time all-region selection for the Thunderwolves. He is originally from Iroquois High School in Elma, N.Y., where he lettered in baseball and hockey.

T.J. is the son of Tom and Karen Giczkowski.

Kirkwood is a 5-foot-10-inch outfielder also transferring from Niagara County Community College. He led the team with seven triples and was named to the all-regional tournament team as a sophomore; he hit .363 as a freshman. Kirkwood is originally from Horseheads, N.Y.

Ernie is the son of Ernest and Candy Kirkwood.

Altman, a 6-foot pitcher, comes from Timmonsville, S.C., where he attended South Florence High School. He plays in the Florence County Colt League and was the 2011 and 2010 all-stars MVP.

Josh is the son of John and Kim Altman.

Bell is a 5-foot-11-inch infielder from Fort Collins, Colo. He is transferring from Garden City Community College in Kanas, where he was an academic All-American and an all-conference honorable mention selection.

Shea is the son of D.J. and Laura Bell.

Winslow, a 5-foot-11-inch outfielder, hails from Goldsboro, N.C., where he lettered in baseball, basketball and football at Rosewood High School. His senior year he was all-conference, team MVP and all-area honorable mention in baseball, and was all-conference and a team captain in football.

Will is the son of Chuck and Rhonda Winslow.

Ressler is transferring from Cecil College in Maryland. He is originally from Conowingo, Md., where he was an all-county and all-conference baseball player at Perryville High School.

Hunter is the son of Mark and Dana Ressler.

For more information, contact Chris Dougherty, manager of athletics media relations, at 843-383-8018 or cdougherty@coker.edu.

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Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the "Best Colleges" in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.