Junior face-off specialist Cole Clinton of Palos Verdes announced this week his commitment to attend and play lacrosse at NCAA Division I Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn.
Last spring, Clinton was named second-team All-Bay League while sharing the Sea Kings’ face-off duties with senior teammate Colin Fitt, who was selected to the All-Bay first team.
“I feel like it all happened very quickly over the course of a year,” PV coach Jimmy Borell said via text. “I’m just super pumped for him to see all his hard work pay off! He had an awesome summer.”
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Clinton said he began receiving calls from college coaches on Sept. 1, the first day coaches could contact high school juniors under NCAA rules.
“I actually woke up to one,” Clinton said of the phone calls. “There were so many options, so I started visiting all of them. All of the schools were unique in their own way, but Sacred Heart just felt so right, and I had to take the offer.”
He said his campus visit sealed his decision: “I loved the atmosphere. The practice was amazing; the campus was beautiful; I loved every second of it.”
Borell said he couldn’t be happier about the growth he has seen in Clinton over the past year.
“All the credit goes to Brendan Fowler for teaching him the face-off ways,” Borell said, “and to his parents for supporting him and taking him to all the different events this summer! He’s much more than just a great FOGO. I’m very proud of the young man and the great teammate he has become.”
Clinton singled out three coaches for helping him make the most of his opportunities over the past year and putting him in position to be recruited.
“I thank all my coaches for making this happen,” Cole Clinton said. “Jimmy for making me the best I could be on and off the field and being an amazing role model as a person and player. Coach Fowler as the best face-off coach I will ever have and teaching me new techniques to become the best. And Scott Hochstadt for giving me the chance to play on the Legends National team and go against some of the best competition to allow to up my game to the next level.”