Creek standout transfers to Tech

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Katelin Cooper is coming home.

Louisiana Tech head coach Josh Taylor announced today that former Cedar Creek High School all-state honoree has signed a financial aid agreement and will be enrolling in the winter quarter to join the Lady Techster softball program.

The addition of Cooper continues a recent softball pipeline of Cedar Creek student-athletes, following in the line of Mary Terral (2018-2020) and Lauren Menzina (2020-present) with a fourth set to sign next November.

Cooper has spent the past three years in Oxford playing for Ole Miss and will complete two undergraduate degrees in biology and psychology in less than a month. She will be eligible to play for Tech this spring as she begins her master’s degree.

“Katelin is a great addition to the LA Tech softball program,” said Taylor. “She adds the rare combination of speed and power to our team. Her experience and athletic ability will be able to help our program immediately. We are excited to be able to bring Katelin back to Ruston to compete for the Lady Techsters.”  

As a freshman at Ole Miss in 2019, she saw action in 39 games, primarily as a pinch runner, scoring 11 runs and stealing five bases (in seven attempts). She stroked a two-run double against Mississippi State for her first career collegiate hit.

She appeared in 17 games in 2020 before the season was cut short due to Covid-19, scoring eight runs and stealing five bases. Cooper appeared in 14 games in 2021 before opting out of the season due to Covid-19 concerns.

“As a graduate transfer, I am excited to return home to Ruston and continue my academic and athletic career,” said Cooper. “LA Tech softball’s wholesome environment, new state-of-the-art facilities, and competitive schedule appeal to me. Coach Taylor is building a program that I believe will take LA Tech softball to new levels. I am eager to join the team and get to work.”

During her time at Cedar Creek, she was a five-time letter-winner for the Lady Cougars, leading the program to three straight titles. She owns the school’s single season (16) and career (46) home run records and the single season runs (56) record.

Cooper was a five-time all-state, all-district and all-area selection and was the 2018 Louisiana Sports Writers Association Most Valuable Player. She was an academic all-district honoree and a member of the National Honor Society.

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