Baton Rouge, Louisiana (KTRK) – Gavin Coleman committed to play his college baseball at LSU when he was just 16 years old. With his college plans in place at a young age, the left-handed pitcher knew he would have to be patient on his journey. He just didn’t know how patient he was.
“I’ve been out for 13 and a half months,” Coleman, who was raised in Richmond, explained to ABC13 during a Zoom interview.
You see, Coleman needed elbow reconstructive surgery after injuring his arm in February 2022, in the midst of his sophomore season in Baton Rouge.
“The whole process of doing the surgery and rehab is very strenuous,” Coleman noted. “But it also taught me that I have a lot to be grateful for. Anything can happen to anyone, and I came back healthy.”
Not only has Coleman, the only Houston-area product on LSU baseball’s 2023 roster, back from elbow surgery in just over 14 months, he’s now a newly minted national champion. Coleman was one of LSU’s starting pitchers in the 2023 NCAA Men’s College World Series, an event that the Tigers program won for the seventh time in its history.
“It’s cool,” he admitted. “It’s crazy to think of how much I’ve changed just a year ago. I was in the sling, and now, I’m in the dog pile winning a national championship, and I’m contributing to that. I miss the game so much. I wanted to get back on my team.”
Coleman was homeschooled before attending LSU.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever met someone at the level we play at who was homeschooled,” he noted. “I thought it was great. I could do whatever I wanted as long as I got my schoolwork done and my mom wasn’t dealing with it. So it saved a lot of my time, and I got to go and work on my show.”
Coleman, who will be a starter at LSU next season, says he plans to spend the summer in Baton Rouge to continue rehabilitating his surgically repaired left arm. He and the Tigers will play in his hometown next season, as LSU is slated to be part of a six-team field at Astros Foundation College Classic.