November 7, 2013
Coleman all-league selection
Cleveland State women are preparing for the season with high expectations from the league of junior guard Cori Coleman.
She was selected to the Horizon League second team all-league and is the only player to be selected from a team expected to finish seventh in the league. Even though this is her first selection, the team is on an eight-year streak of someone from the women’s team making the preseason team.
“It’s a huge accomplishment individually, but I can’t be satisfied with that for me or our team,” Coleman said. “It’s good, but we want to get better.”
Coleman is proof that hard work will pay off on and off the court. This is an accomplishment that gives her confidence to continue to work hard. She wants to be more assertive, more than just a three-point threat.
“I feel like my hard work isn’t going unnoticed,” Coleman said. “You will see more leadership from me and a lot more aggressiveness like rebounding, defense and hustle plays.”
The team is establishing a reputation, having at least one player selected to all league over the past eight years. After seeing a teammate selected, it may motivate others to step their game up and compete hard every game.
“Giving 100 percent every game and not taking any games off, everybody will be looking at you now that you’re on the all-league team, Coleman said. “The positive energy that Cleveland State has outside any individual of being on a list of anything, it motivates everyone else to say if I work hard I may be chosen second team or first team.”
Coleman says the team is better than the seven seed the league ranked them in the preseason poll. She feels the critics need to be proven wrong.
“It motivates us more because we don’t want to be ranked seventh and we want to prove that we are better than some of the teams pick higher than us,” Coleman said. “We can be just as big as some of the other teams in college sports that you see on ESPN, we’re going to raise some heads we just need the support”
Coleman has fun away from the court and likes to play video games in her spare time. She is a big fan of Call of Duty and already is looking forward to getting the new game when it is released.
“I can play Call of Duty for 10 hours in a day,” Coleman said.