SYRACUSE (WBNG) - When Maine-Endwell's Jack Coleman committed to play soccer at Syracuse University in December of 2019 he called it a dream come true. Nearly one year later, he made his debut with the Orange.
Coleman was thrown right into the fire in the team's home opener, entering the game during the first half against number two ranked Pittsburgh.
"My family is watching at home. I have a lot of friends watching and I got in and was like here it is," said Coleman.
Once he became comfortable on the field, Coleman said it was business as usual.
"I got the ball and the first time I got the ball I won the header," he said. "I just quickly realized how fun it is to play at this competitive level."
While Coleman was making his debut, his family and friends back home in Binghamton found themselves glued to the TV.
"My family sent me a video of when I went into the game and they all went crazy and it was an amazing feeling," he said.
Going from Section IV soccer to playing some of the best teams in the nation has certainly been an adjustment for Coleman.
"I'm not the best player on the field. I'm not the fastest kid on the field. I'm not the most skilled kid on the field," he said. "The only thing I can control is what I can control, like my attitude and coming to practice and working hard."
Coleman has made the best of playing at the next level and is ready to contribute in every way he can.
The Orange's next game is Friday night at home against Louisville.