Stepping Stones: Cole Vann, Georgia Southern

Cole Vann
Photo courtesy of Greg Rowland

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (August 21, 2018) – Tallahassee Community College baseball standout Cole Vann has signed a national letter of intent with Georgia Southern University. 

Vann, a native of Colquitt, Ga., enrolled at Valdosta State University in 2015 and, after using a redshirt season with the Blazers, transferred to Tallahassee in 2016. 

In two seasons with head coach Mike McLeod's Eagles, Vann played in 109 games and batted .381 with 14 home runs and 99 RBI, helping Tallahassee to back-to-back appearances in the FCSAA State Tournament. Along the way, he was twice named First-team All-Panhandle Conference and was a two-time FCSAA All-State selection (first-team in 2018). 

Vann has also been widely recognized for his academic prowess, most notably receiving the Dr. Dale O'Daniel Panhandle Conference Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award in 2018. The award, voted on by the Panhandle Conference's five athletic directors, bears the names of O'Daniel, the former athletic director at Chipola College, and recognizes academics, citizenship and community service in addition to athletic accomplishments. 

Vann also received the Panhandle Conference's Buddy Kisner Scholar-Athlete Award and was a finalist for the FCSAA's Bill Tuten Scholar-Athlete Award, baseball's top academic award at the conference and state levels, respectively. He was one of two Tallahassee student-athletes named Google Cloud Academic All-District in 2018 and was the Eagles' Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. His list of accolades also includes a pair of All-Academic recognitions from both the FCSAA and Panhandle Conference. 

Georgia Southern, a Division I school located in Statesboro, Ga., competes in the Sun Belt Conference.

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