Feb. 6, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
NavySports.com's Senior Spotlight continues with relief pitcher Jake Coffey. The righty saw action in 10 games last season and limited opposing hitters to just a .196 batting average. Coffey mentions a few superstitions he has had as well as what he hopes to be flying someday.
What are you looking forward to most this season?
"I'm really excited for this season mainly because last year was my first season back after my surgery and I'm ready to build on the excitement we have right now. We've got a good group of freshmen and we've got the most seniors we've had since 2010, so we have a good mix. I can't wait for the season to start."
Talk about your offseason training as a pitcher.
"We incorporated CrossFit for the first time and it was a painful experience at the beginning. But it has paid off more than anything I've done, as far as workouts. Our team is stronger and in much better shape. We had our best scores yet on the PRT. We loved it."
Do you have any superstitions or routines you like to follow?
"I always knock on wood. I'm not sure what started it or when I started it, but I always do it. I also try not to touch the lines on the field. Even when we're throwing in warmups, I stay away from the lines and try to be well behind or well in front of them."
Do you have a favorite road trip?
"I usually like longer trips. It's fun to hang out with the guys and I like watching my movies."
What is the best part of being a part of this team?
"The best part about this team is that we're such a close-knit group. I've never really experienced anything like it. In high school, we were close, but it's different here, we really are like brothers. I really enjoy it and I know I've made lifelong friends with this team."
Who is the toughest guy on the team for you to face in practice?
"Last season my least favorite guy to face was Alex Azor. The kid just didn't strikeout, no matter what. This year, I would say it's Craig Veech. I've seen a lot of improvement in him from this year to last year. He's got that brut power, if you make a mistake the ball is going to go a long way."
What is the conversation like after you face each other in practice?
"We talk about it. The hitters usually ask about certain pitches we threw them. It's fun."
Talk about your service selection and what you'll be doing after graduation.
"My service selection is Marine pilot, which I'm really excited about. As soon as we graduate, I'll go to Quantico, Va. After that I'll go to Pensacola, Fla., to start flight training."
If you were able to fly any type of aircraft, what would it be?
"I'm going into it with an open mind, I'll be happy to fly anything. But, if I could pick it would be fixed wings, probably F-18s."
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
"Hopefully I'll still be flying. It would be nice to be stationed in California, too."