Former USCB baseball standout Johnny Cole will get a chance to continue his career this spring after signing a contract with the Ottawa Champions of the Can-Am League.
The Can-Am League is an independent professional league with six teams in eastern Canada and the New York/New Jersey area.
Cole played one season with the Sand Sharks, earning second-team All-Sun Conference honors and a spot on the league’s Gold Glove team, and earned a degree in Communications Studies from USCB in December. As a senior, Cole started all 54 of USCB’s games and hit .333 with 18 doubles, seven homers, 40 RBIs and 41 runs. He drew a school-record 48 walks and boasted a .992 fielding percentage at first base.
“What most impressed us about Cole was that he has a great work ethic,” Champions manager Hal Lanier told the team’s official website. “But he’s also a switch hitter and a very good defensive first baseman who can play the outfield too, so he gives us that versatility.”
Cole will report to camp April 25, and the Champions will begin their season May 19.