The Nittany Lions' 5-1 record in Big Ten play is the program's best start since the 2001 season
Nine Nittany Lions collect hits in 15-2 win over Youngstown State
The Nittany Lions have a winning record after the opening weekend for the first time since 2011
Penn State returns a multitude of starters for the 2014 season
James Coates, Alex Farkes and Greg Guers selected as key players for upcoming season
ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN (2014)
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2014: Started all 38 games he played in ... Ranked second on the team of players with 26 or more appearances with a .277 batting average ... Earned a team-high 25 walks ... Walked a combined five times in the doubleheader at Gardner-Webb on Feb. 16 ... Notched two singles and scored a run at Gardner-Webb on Feb. 17 ... Accumulated two hits, a walk and a stolen base in the second game of a double header vs. Hofstra on March 1 ... Scored three runs and roped a double vs. Hofstra on March 2 ... Went 2-for-2 with two RBIs against Bucknell in the second game of a doubleheader on March 22 ... Went 2-for-3 and scored two runs vs. Youngstown State on April 1 ... Hit his first career home run in the second game of a doubleheader at Purdue on April 5, driving in a personal-best three runs ... Totaled two hits in three-straight appearances at Purdue on April 6, vs. West Virginia on April 8 and at Ohio State on April 11 ... Ripped his second career triple against the Buckeyes ... Drove in two runs in a 2-for-4 outing against Illinois on April 20 ... Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2013: Started 49 and played in all 50 games for the Nittany Lions during his first season ... Unanimous selection to the All-Big Ten Freshman team ... One of two players to see action in every game ... Tied for the team lead in batting with an average of .295 ... Led Penn State in runs scored with 27 ... Posted an on-base percentage of .392, the highest mark on the team ... Only Nittany Lion to reach double figures in steals with 10 ... Posted 51 hits on the year, tied for second-most on the team ... Ranked fifth on the team in runs batted in with 17 ... Drew 25 walks, the third highest total on the squad ... Finished the season on a seven-game hitting streak ... Compiled 15 multi-hit games over the course of the season ... Started his Penn State career with a 2-for-3 effort at the dish and an RBI in the season opening win over East Tennessee State on Feb. 15 ... Scored his first career run and stole his first base at East Tennessee State on Feb. 16 after going 1-for-2 ... Went 2-for-5 with a run, an RBI and a steal at East Tennessee on Feb. 17 ... Picked up two base knocks, including his first triple while wearing the Blue and White at Liberty on Feb. 24 ... Singled and scored a run at Houston on March 5 ... Posted a hit, a run and an RBI at Houston on March 6 ... Went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI in the 9-3 win over Houston Baptist on March 8 ... Scored twice off a single and two walks against Houston Baptist on March 9 ... Singled and drove in a run in the Big Ten opener at Indiana on March 22 ... Posted two singles, two RBIs and a run against Pittsburgh on March 27 ... Singled in each of the three games versus Purdue from March 29-31 and added two runs and two walks in the series ... Went 1-for-3 and added a run, an RBI and a walk versus Wright State on April 6 ... Filled the box score with two single, two runs, an RBI, a walk, a steal and a hit by pitch in the 11-3 victory over Wright State on April 7 ... Singled and added a sacrifice fly to bring in a run against Kent State on April 9 ... Recorded a multi-hit game in the series opener against Michigan on April 12 with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate ... Plated a run off a single at Michigan on April 13 ... Reached base four times off two singles and two walks and two walks, while scoring a run in the 12 inning win over Bucknell on April 17 ... Drove in two runs off a single and sacrifice fly against Minnesota on May 4 ... Turned in a perfect day at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a walk in the series finale against Minnesota on May 5 ... Doubled and singled to drive in a run and score a run at Illinois on May 11 ... Went 2-for-5 with a stolen base at Illinois on May 12 ... Scored two runs on a double, single and walk and stole a base in the 7-4 win over Villanova on May 14 ... Drove in a career-high three runs off two singles in the 9-0 win over Michigan State on May 17 ... Capped off his prolific rookie season with two hits, a walk and a stolen base versus Michigan State on May 18.
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner for Warren John F. Kennedy High School under head coach Don Lee ... Led his team to becoming North Shore League Champions in 2012 ... Named first team All-Ohio, as well as first team North Coast League in 2012 ... 2012 Team MVP ... Named second team All-Ohio in 2011 and honorable mention All-Ohio in 2010 ... Also lettered in football and in track ... Played for the 2012 Astro Falcons (summer), where he helped his team become Connie Mack State Champions, CABA World Series Champions and NABF World Series Champions ... Member of the National Honor Society and graduated with a 4.12 GPA ... 2012 Student Body President.
PERSONAL: Full name is James Martin Coates III ... Born on August 13, 1994 in Girard, Ohio ... Parents Jim and Gina Coates ... Has two sisters, Angelene and Chloe and one brother, Jacob ... Father, Jim, played football at Penn State from 1984-88 ... Cousin, Taylor Cera, played hockey at Penn State from 2007-11... Majoring in management.