Jack Coleman – 12 Sports Athlete of the Week

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UNION (WBNG) — When Jack Coleman transferred to Maine-Endwell from Newark Valley in the summer of 2017, the Spartans knew they were getting a talented player, but Coleman has developed into quite possibly the most dominant high school athlete in the Southern Tier this fall, leading Section IV in goals scored. The Spartan sensation is 12 Sports’ Athlete of the Week.

“A player like that, doesn’t come around all the time,” said Maine-Endwell head coach Beau Brinkso. “It’s great to have a player like Jack, someone that will get you goals.”

Maine-Endwell has scored 39 goals this season, Coleman has 25 of them in just 14 games.

“It is just my team,” said Maine-Endwell junior Jack Coleman. “I couldn’t have done it without my team.”

“Jack, while he is scoring all the goals and everything, he is contributing a lot,” said Brinkso. “And, (he) is being modest about the players around him that are helping him with that, which is huge.”

Coleman makes putting the ball in the back of the net easy, but there’s a lot of hard work that goes into Coleman’s game.

“Nothing comes easy, nothing is given,” said Coleman. “You need to work hard. You need to be coming here on your off days 24/7. You need to be here seven days a week to work hard to get where you want to be and good things will happen.”

Coleman has taken a huge jump in his second season with Maine-Endwell. As a sophomore last season, Coleman scored eight goals, which is the same number of kids in his family.

“My biggest role model is my brother, Kevin, who is in the Air Force,” said Coleman. “He graduated in 2010 and he always wanted me to be the best that I could be, so I want to give everything to him and my family.”

“Growing up they built into my head that family means everything,” said Coleman. “Those are my best friends and the people that will always be there for me.”

When Coleman graduates in May of 2020 he is looking to continue his soccer career, but admits he isn’t ready to commit anywhere quite yet.

“I feel like I am too young,” said Coleman. “I could be committed right now, but I feel like I am too young to make that decision right now.”

Coleman and the Spartans will face the defending state champs, Vestal, in the Section IV Class A Championship game. Right now, that game is scheduled for Saturday, October 27 at Wright National Fields in Oneonta.

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