UND Roster

2008-09 Baseball Roster

#36 Leighton Cooper


Weight 170 lbs.
Class Freshman
Hometown Fort Washington, MD
High School Flint Hill

FRESHMAN SEASON (2009): Switch-hitterwho can run and play each of the three outfieldpositions … definitely needs to add strength to makenecessary adjustment to college pitching … couldhelp the Irish immediately in pinch-runningsituations … saw action in two games during the2008 Blue-Gold World Series … struck out in onlyplate appearance, but did manage to score two runs.

PREP & PERSONAL: A three-sport prepathlete who lettered for three seasons in baseball,two in football and one in indoor track … spent hisfirst two years at Bishop McNamara High Schoolbefore transferring to Flint High School, where hewas coached on the baseball team by Rick Freeman… made a name for himself as an excellent defensivecenterfielder while batting .325 as a sophomore (15stolen bases, plus a home run) and then hitting .301as a junior (21 SB, HR) … helped lead 2007 teamto 20-8 record, conference tournament title and a#9 ranking in the state of Virginia … had impressiveshowing at the Perfect Game 17U NationalsTournament (held in Georgia), after batting 4-for-8with four RBI, three walks, a pair of doubles, fourstolen bases and five runs scored … was timed in 6.6for the 60-yard dash at the SelectFest (held in NewJersey) … has played club baseball with theMaryland Patriots (coached by Mike Chroniger) …played key role in Flint winning the Mid-AtlanticConference for the first time in the school[apos]s history,serving as a running back, wide receiver and topspecial-teams performer on that 2006 squad … wonthe Coach[apos]s Award (recognizing hard work,coachability and diligence) during his sophomoretrack season … member of the nationally-recognizedhigh school a-cappella signing group the ‘MajorMinors’ … also served as a peer counselor andDiversity Day discussion facilitator … member of theNational Honor Society, with a 3.43 cumulativeGPA … son of Wesley and Venita Cooper…. enrolledin First Year of Studies.