Sean Coughlin named First Team All-American

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senior catcher Sean Coughlin, a 13th round MLB Draft selection of the Arizona Diamondbacks last Friday, has been named a first-team All-American, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association announced.

"Sean Coughlin has meant a tremendous amount to the Kentucky baseball program the last two years," Kentucky head coach John Cohen said. "His hard work, leadership, and drive for excellence are characteristics of the type of student-athletes we want to represent the University of Kentucky. While Sean may be an outstanding hitter catcher, his leadership in the field served an extremely vital role to the success of the UK baseball team the last two years."

A native of Morrison, Colo., Coughlin led a dangerous UK lineup in several categories during his senior year, including home runs (13) and RBI (73). Coughlin led the Southeastern Conference in RBI in 2007 despite playing in just 54 games, 12 games fewer then the next hitter on the RBI list, USC acclaimed slugger Justin Smoak (72 RBI). Coughlin's 73 RBI also rank as second best in the 103-year history of UK baseball, just four short of the school record (77 RBI) set by 2006 SEC Player of the Year Ryan Strieby. The backstop swung the stick for a stellar .344 average, ranking fourth on the team, in addition to reaching on 16 two-baggers and three triples.

After transferring to Kentucky from Central Arizona College before the 2006 season, Coughlin became a fixture in a potent UK lineup, helping to lead the Wildcats to its first SEC Championship in school history a year ago. In 2006, while hitting in a lineup featuring future top-five round MLB Draft selections Strieby and John Shelby, Coughlin finished second on the team with a .325 average, rocketed 17 home runs, and tallied 55 RBI.

On Friday, Coughlin was selected in the 13th round of the 2007 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks, marking the third time in his career to be drafted. Coughlin was one of five Wildcats and two signees to be drafted on Friday.

A year ago, Coughlin was joined by Strieby as UK's first All-America selections since 1999. Coughlin was named a third-team All-American in 2006 by the NCBWA and a second-team All-American by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. Strieby earned several All-America nods, including a first-team NCBWA selection in 2006.

Coughlin becomes just the 15th Wildcat in the 103-year history of the program to receive All-America recognition, including becoming the first UK player to earn the honor twice in his career.


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