Fulton varsity girls’ lacrosse player, Amelia Coakley, signed her letter of intent to play Division I lacrosse at the State University of New York at Binghamton.
District officials, teammates and friends joined with Coakley and her family in the G. Ray Bodley High School library media center for the prestigious ceremony.
“Less than one percent of all high school athletes get a Division I scholarship,” said Fulton Athletic Director Chris Ells. “This is a huge honor.”
Coakley is the daughter of Jeff and Gretchen Coakley and her interest in lacrosse began early.
“My father played lacrosse in high school and in college,” she said. “I started in seventh grade and it went from there.”
Coakley played competitively on club teams and has played on the Fulton varsity lacrosse team since her freshman year. That year she was all-league honorable mention, in her sophomore season she earned first team all-league honors, and last year she was second team all-league and also an Academic All-American.
A two-year captain for the Raiders, Coakley has been a leader on and off the field.
“She is a very focused student as well as athlete,” said her coach, Drew White. “She’s a hard worker. She puts in more time than anybody else I know. She’s got a bright future ahead of her.”
At Binghamton, Coakley thinks she will play midfield or defensive middy based on her excellent foot skills, which she feels is one of her better qualities.
She considered other schools, including Albany and Cornell, before deciding upon Binghamton, which she said was the right fit for her.
Coakley will study biology while attending Binghamton University and plans to attend the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse Physician’s Assistant program following her undergraduate graduation.