Tiger Baseball Receives First Three Committments For 2001-02 Season
Nov. 17, 2000
MEMPHIS, TENN. - First-year University of Memphis head baseball coach Dave Anderson received his first three commitments this week as Memphis natives Chris Godwin and Brent Dlugach, and junior college sophomore Paul Cookman all signed national letters of intent to play baseball for the U of M.
"We are delighted to have these three young men sign with the Tigers", Anderson stated. "It has been a whirlwind this fall and to land three outstanding players in our first signing class is really special.
"We started our recruitiung with certain needs in mind and I think that we have filled some major gaps in our roster for the 2002 season. This is a nice start."
Chris Godwin, a senior catcher for Christian Brothers High School, has been selected all-Metro for the last two seasons and has led CBHS to a 94-31 record over the last three years. He batted .381 as a freshman, knocking in four RBI. His sophomore season, he batted .353 with 21 RBI and seven stolen bases. As a junior, he led the Purple Wave to the state championship, while hitting at a .344 clip with six home runs and 45 RBI. Godwin is considered the top catching prospect in the Midsouth area.
Brent Dlugach is an infielder from Houston High School and the son of Michael Dlugach, the only baseball player in Tiger history to win all-conference honors four consecutive years. He accomplished this feat as a catcher, earning all-Missouri Valley Conference honors from 1970-73. Brent is a defensive standout, and has been called the best defensive shortstop in the Memphis area. His batting average has hovered around the .350 mark over the last two seasons, and he is a three-year letterman in both basketball and baseball.
Paul Cookman, a native of Maumelle, Arkansas, is an outfielder from Westark Community College. In his first season at Westark CC, Cookman batted .358 with 45 RBI, two home runs, and 23 stolen bases. As a senior in high school, he was an all-conference and all-state selection and competed in the Arkansas High School All-Star Game.