Coggan Brother's Leading Seattle Pacific University 9/3
Valley Christian's all-time leading scorer, Jeff Coggan, transferred to
Seattle Pacific University this off-season, there were a lot of excited
people. Those in the know were aware that big brother James Coggan
('03), who is VC's record holder for most goals in a season (17), also
played at SPU.
Coach Basanese was in Seattle to witness the first
official training session for SPU this year.
"I stood on the sidelines with Coach Cliff Mcgrath, and
Collings and Metzker and watched as Jeff found James over and over in
the scrimmage. I think all of us knew at that point that there was
something special in store for this season." Basanese said.
For James, he's had success scoring goals at Seattle Pacific ever since
he arrived. In fact, last season, he led the Falcons in goals,
assists, and points. For his efforts, he was named to the All-GNAC
team, and he led SPU to the National Tournament.
In the offseason, SPU added Jeff Coggan as a transfer from Santa Clara
University. Jeff began attending SPU last semester, so he was able
to get to know his teammates before the season. He is settling in
In their first official collegiate game together, Jeff assisted James on
his first goal of the season and SPU defeated Chico St. 3-2.
Two games later, against San Francisco State, Jimmy's goal was the
difference in a 1-0 win, keeping SPU undefeated.
On the 3rd of September, SPU was matched up against Sonoma State.
SPU carried a #19 ranking into the game. When the dust settled, it
was 2-1 SPU, with goals by Jeff Coggan, and James Coggan! James'
goal came in overtime, and ended the game. The win put SPU at
3-0-1 on the season, and helped push them to #11 in NCAA DII.
It's been an exciting start for these two VC Alumni. The future is
bright, with SPU's goal being a national title.
You can read about the Sonoma game on SPU's website here.