The Estes Athletic Center was full once again on an early February morning to celebrate six Trinity seniors who have made commitments to play intercollegiate athletics next year. Their coaches took the stage one by one to share words of gratitude for each student’s leadership, perseverance and teamwork.
Tim Merry, head coach of the baseball team spoke first about Corey Miller ’19, who will play baseball at Chatham University. “He has a penchant to getting a hit at the right time. In sports it’s not just about being good, but about being good at the right time,” said Merry. “He’s a leader, and he’s still getting better. He has an aptitude to win, and I’m confident he will end up in the coaching ranks later in life.”
Sam Mickens, head football coach, spoke next about Zach Shumate ’19, who will play for William & Mary and Taylor Eggers ’19, who will attend Clarion University in Pennsylvania. “Collectively, they have both been so dedicated,” he said. “From a head coach’s perspective, you can’t put enough value in having seniors like this. Seeing these seniors go is tough for me.”
Mickens recalled Shumate as a player who always wanted the ball when the going got tough. “Our school community is a much better place for having Zack in it,” he said. For Eggers, the word he chose was “resiliency.” “He got knocked down so many times, and every time he picked himself back up, and worked harder to get himself where he wanted to be,” Mickens said. “One thing that remained consistent was his hard work.”
Coach Adam Lonon spoke about Logan Carter ’19, who will play basketball at Virginia Wesleyan. Lonon said the Titans will miss her explosive speed as a player as well as her caring and authentic personality as a team leader. “The thing I am most proud of is her development and growth,” he said. “Logan will be very successful at the next level.”
Rick Hamlin ’96, Trinity girls soccer coach, thanked Brooke Tylka ’19 for making the school a better place both on and of the field. “She takes as challenging a course load as our students can take,” he said, “and her teachers describe her work ethic, intellectual curiosity and all of the things that we as educators all hope for in our students… As a player, there is not a single skill other than goal keeping that she does not excel at… When your best player is also yout most coachable player, that's a dream come true for any coach. Emory is getting an incredible player, person and student.”
The last coach to speak was not a Trinity coach, but Stephan Rigaud, head coach of the U19 Richmond United club, who has worked with Grant Johnson ’19 over the past year. Johnson heads to Messiah College in Pennsylvania next year. “Grant hasn't been given anything; he has had to work for everything he’s gotten,” said Rigaud “He’s undersized, but makes up for it by being intelligent and driven. He’s a really good competitor… I’ve been happy to coach him, and I definitely see good things in his future.”
These six students will join 71 other Titans playing at the collegiate level next year, 47 of which will be playing at the Division I level.
Winter 2019 Letter of Intent Signees
Logan Carter ’19 (basketball) — Virginia Wesleyan
Taylor Eggers ’19 (football) — Clarion University
Grant Johnson ’19 (soccer) — Messiah College
Corey Miller ’19 (baseball) — Chatham University
Zach Shumate ’19 (football) — William & Mary
Brooke Tylka ’19 (soccer) — Emory University