High School senior Cole Hollis signed a National Letter of Intent to
play collegiate baseball at Clark State Community College, a member of
the National Junior College Athletic Association. Hollis will be playing
next year for a familiar name to many in Bucyrus; Cliff Foght.
Hollis, much like his soon-to-be head coach back in the early 90s, is
a standout three-sport athlete at Bucyrus. Foght was a driving force
behind Hollis choosing the Eagles.
"I picked Clark State because Coach Foght is a Bucyrus graduate,"
Hollis said. "Going down there and practicing with them, and the
opportunity to compete for a starting spot immediately are really
For Foght, this is a dream come true. Much like his days in the
Bucyrus uniform, Cliff now has high expectations for himself, as the
head coach, and his players.
"As an ex-Bucyrus athlete, I know what expectations are and know what
Redmen Pride is all about," Foght said. "For me to come back home and
find one of these kids that fits my program and carry on the Bucyrus
tradition with me is a great experience and I couldn’t ask for anything
Besides the opportunity to play immediately, Hollis sees Clark State
as a school that can give him personal attention in the classroom.
"It's a small school and that's nice," Cole said. "They're adding on to the school, and I'm planning to study Sports Marketing."
As the skipper for the Eagles, Foght spends a great deal of time on
the recruiting trail looking for the talent he needs to fill out his 30
man roster. But when Cole made his visit to the Springfield campus,
Cliff made sure he was there to personally work him out.
"I worked with him one-on-one during his visit because he's a Bucyrus
Redmen," Foght said. "We worked together for about 4 hours at Clark
State and everything that I threw at him he was able to do. He's very
fundamentally sound, extremely coachable and has a great work ethic. He
really fits the mold of what I'm looking for in a baseball player.
"My job is to get my players the education they need for the first
two years to help them plan for their future, and pass them on to the
next institution to help them in their success. Hopefully Cole can play
at that next level."