Cooper Tomkinson Commits to Division 1 Dodge City CC in Kansas

by Jim Stewart

The good news items kept right on rolling in this week as 18U Titans infielder Cooper Tomkinson of Barrie committed to NJCAA Division 1 Dodge City Community College in Kansas. It was the second Titan this month to sign a letter of intent with a US College. Catcher Matt Brandt of Queensville committed to Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky earlier in the week. Cooper shared his recent travel experiences in the USA and his decision to sign with the Dodge City CC Conquistadors:  “I chose Dodge City CC because I felt like it was the best opportunity for me to play at the highest level as well as compete for a starting spot. After walking the campus, seeing the dorms, classrooms and talking to the coaches at Dodge, I could really see myself having success there.”  Tomkinson, a Grade 12 student from St. Peter’s Catholic Secondary School in Barrie, has determined that he “will be studying Athletic Training” in Kansas.  When asked what he would look forward to while being 2175 kilometers away from home on the American prairies, he focused on the joys of playing  “baseball every day. Also studying athletic training has always been a passion of mine so I’m looking forward to exploring that further and learning more. Another thing is staying in dorms with my new teammates as well as meeting my future teammates.” The 6’1” infielder was appreciative of his time spent with the Titans as well as their preparatory processes for US College:  “The Titans Baseball Club prepared me really well from day one. They push you every practice and every workout to get better and to be the best player you can be. Coach Vera helped me a lot along the way with how to properly send emails and what specifically you need to look for in the school you eventually choose. The Coaching staff is always super positive when you walk in the facility and are always wanting to help you become the best player you can be. ARC lifestyle who trains the Titans were also top notch in getting us stronger every time we stepped into the gym.”

Director of Baseball Operations and Player Development Lawrence Vera was very pleased that his latest trip to the American Midwest could yield such an immediate result as Cooper's commitment to the Conquistadors:  “This is another exciting signing for the Titans and another special one to me personally. Cooper has played for me since 14U and is another player I have been able to watch grow up. I'm so excited that Cooper is getting the opportunity to pursue his dream of D1 baseball.”  Coach Vera extolled the virtues of the Midwest as a destination for Titans players:  “I had the opportunity to travel with Cooper to visit Dodge and I know he is in great hands with Coach Eli and the staff. Dodge is a beautiful college town in Kansas that Cooper will get to call home for the next 2 years.” Tomkinson acknowledged that living 19 hours away from Barrie “would be a big change” for him “to live that far from his family.”  However, he is happy about his choices as well as this past summer with the Titans about which he shared his highlight of the 2020 season:  “The highlight of my time with the Titans would definitely have to be this past summer seeing all the hard work I put in this off season pay off as I hit my first homerun this season followed up by 5 more throughout the summer and fall. Also the time I spent with my new and past teammates at practice and workouts making friends for life.”  

Cooper Tomkinson will most certainly import his hitting talents to the prairies of Dodge City, Kansas in 2021.  Congratulations, Cooper, for signing your letter of intent with the Division 1 Dodge City CC Conquistadors.