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Paul Coleman to be Honored with John Scolinos Distinguished Player Award

Jan. 22, 2007

Malibu, Calif. - Paul Coleman, who concluded his career tied for second in appearances, will be honored with the 2007 John Scolinos Distinguished Player Award following the Pepperdine baseball team's annual alumni game on Saturday at Eddy D. Field Stadium. The game is scheduled to begin at noon.

The award, in its third year, is given annually to a Pepperdine baseball player in recognition of exemplary behavior during a season or career in the name of the legendary Scolinos.

The recipient will be honored for demonstrating strong character traits, including humility, resourcefulness, loyalty, honesty, work ethic, Christian behavior and sportsmanship, which contribute to outstanding performance and dedicated efforts both on and beyond the baseball diamond.

Scolinos, who had the longest tenure of any head coach in the history of the Pepperdine baseball program, compiled an all-time record of 263-219 (.546) during his 15 seasons guiding the Waves. Pepperdine made three post-season appearances during that time and posted its best record in 1960. The Waves went 29-12 and advanced to the NCAA District 8 Playoffs where it faced USC.

His win total ranks third all-time in Pepperdine history and in 1980 Scolinos was inducted into the University's Athletics Hall of Fame.

Coleman, who was a 12th round selection by the Los Angeles Dodgers in last June's Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft, concluded his Waves career with 20-13 overall record and 3.92 ERA while making 90 appearances. He finished his career tied for second in appearances (90), fifth in strikeouts (265), and 10th in innings pitched (310.0).

Coleman posted an 8-5 record and 2.59 ERA as a senior while making 17 appearances, all as a starter. In a career-high 114.2 innings, the senior left-hander allowed 89 hits, 33 earned runs, walked 37 and struck out a career-high 97 batters.

He capped his final campaign with a solid outing during the second round of the Malibu Regional when he worked 7.2 scoreless innings, scattered seven hits walked one and struck out three in a 6-0 victory over UCLA.

Coleman, who was selected the West Coast Conference's (WCC) Pitcher of the Year in 2005 after going 9-3 with a 3.35 ERA, was named to the 2006 Brooks Wallace Award Watch List. The award is presented each year to the college player of the year.

The left-hander holds the Pepperdine single-game strikeout record after fanning 16 New Orleans batters during the 2005 Dairy Queen Tournament in Minnesota.

Following his junior season, Coleman was selected in the ninth round by the Detroit Tigers, but returned to school for his senior season and graduated last spring with a degree in business.

Cory Brightwell, who played at Pepperdine from 2001-2004, was the first recipient of the John Scolinos Distinguished Player Award and Steve Kleen received the honor in 2006.

This year's award presentation will follow the alumni game at approximately 2:45 p.m.

For more information on the alumni game, contact head baseball coach Steve Rodriguez at (310) 506-4371.