Nittany Lions Return Coates, Coban, Farkes and Kendall in 2014
Penn State will play four road games before closing the season with four home games
Lions win first Big Ten series with two wins vs. Iowa
Coban and Skerpon's 2-RBI doubles lift Lions over Hawkeyes
Friday's first pitch slated for 6:05 p.m. - Saturday is Wounded Warriors Game
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner for 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 (18) and Chloe (8) and one brother, Jacob (14) ... Father, Jim, played football at Penn State from 1984-88 ... Cousin, Taylor Cera, played hockey at Penn State from 2007-11... Planning to major in health policy and administration.