9 Michael Cooper
Michael Cooper

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Jacksonville, Fla.

High School:
Mandarin

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 195

Position:
Shortstop

Experience:
3VL



MISCELLANEOUS: Member of Army's talented senior class ... skilled infielder with tremendous hands ... versatile performer with ability to play all four infield positions ... received significant field duty at third base and first base during Army career ... enters final campaign projected as starter at shortstop ... slick-fielding defensive whiz with accurate throwing arm ... opened sophomore year as starter at third base ... held that role until suffering shoulder injury during spring trip to Florida ... playing time limited by ailment remainder of year ... unable to swing bat during final two months of year ... underwent offseason shoulder surgery to correct problem ... filled starting role at first base most of last season as recovery from surgery continued ... enters senior showing at full strength ... clutch performer ... sound fundamentally ... handles bat well ... veteran contributor who lends settling presence ... hard worker with unselfish attitude ... tremendous proponent of "team" concept ... three-year letterman.

2001: Held down starting role at first base much of season ... appeared in 32 contests, drawing 25 starting assignments ... emerged as starter at outset of Patriot League slate ... batted .287 with four doubles, one triple and 12 runs batted in ... posted blistering .462 batting average with runners in scoring position ... that figure topped team ... closed season with flourish, batting .563 (9-16) during final five contests ... recorded pair of three-hit efforts in final three games ... 3-for-5 with career-best three runs batted in during season-ending defeat of Fordham ... collected seven multiple-hit showings ... boosted seasonal batting average 84 percentage points with impressive late-season push ... posted solid .283 batting average during Patriot League action ... hampered by nagging shoulder injury throughout season.

2000: Earned starting job at third base with impressive preseason showing ... member of Black Knights' starting lineup during each of season's first seven games ... delivered game-winning single in bottom of ninth inning of Cadets' "walk-off" win over Pennsylvania ... pulled from lineup after suffering subluxed shoulder following day versus Lowell ... injury limited field duty rest of way ... used primarily as late-inning defensive replacement at third base in latter stages of season ... batted .189 with two doubles and five runs batted in ... appeared in 23 contests, drawing 12 starts.

1999: Spent freshman season as a reserve on Army bench ... received additional field duty with junior varsity as well ... appeared in eight games with big club ... drew five starting assignments ... smacked five hits in 26 plate appearances (.192) ... totaled three doubles and two runs batted in ... saw time at shortstop, third base and designated hitter ... registered season-best three-hit effort during early season defeat of Merrimack ... slapped two doubles and scored two runs in victory ... other hits came against James Madison and Lafayette ... recorded RBI against Merrimack and Lafayette.

HIGH SCHOOL: Played for head coach Joe Hicks at Mandarin High ... earned three varsity letters in baseball as stalwart shortstop ... helped squad to pair of district championships ... served as team captain during senior campaign ... attended same high school as former Army two-sport standout Adam Thompson, who graduated from Academy in 1998 and is currently serving as squad's assistant officer representative.

PERSONAL: Given name is Michael Wilson Cooper ... born Sept. 4, 1979, in Atlanta, Ga. ... parents' names are Susan and Mike Cooper ... majoring in General Management.

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