By Will Phelan, social media editor
Junior softball star Katelyn Young has caught the eyes of high-level college coaches since her freshman year, and on October 27, she verbally committed to play at Lehigh University. “I was planning on attending Buffalo until late this summer, when the coach I committed to left,” she said. When UB’s coach moved to another school, other schools reached out to Young. Lehigh was one of them. “I identified Lehigh as a school I would be interested in because of their great mix of high-level softball and stellar academics,” Young said.
After visiting, Young was drawn to the campus: “I love the entire campus because it is so beautiful,” she said. “I also like that the school is on the smaller scale, so it will be like home.” Located in Bethlehem, Pa., Lehigh’s student total is on the low end of most universities with about 5,000. Contrarily, she noted its distance from home. “I don’t like that it is 5 ½ hours away,’’ Young said. “But it is actually not that bad of a drive.”
While she isn’t sure of her educational plans, Young says Lehigh has plenty of options. In terms of the softball team: “With everything being positive and the likeliness of being able to play in the NCAA tournament, I decided Lehigh was the place for me,” she said. She also noted that her future coach is personable and friendly.
“Coach Troyan actually drove to my house and enjoyed taco Tuesday dinner,” Young said. The two have a solid relationship already and look forward to her future at Lehigh. Of her decision Young ultimately said, “I have to say we are both very excited.”