Played in 57 games, starting 54, all in centerfield ... batted .307 ... led team with 65 hits, 17 doubles, 40 runs scored and 13 stolen bases ... had 16 multi-hit games ... recorded an 11-game hit streak, 3/27 to 4/11 ... hit at a .305 clip in Big Ten action ... led the Big Ten with 11 doubles in conference play ... was perfect in the field during the conference season, fielding 50 chances without an error ... homered in back-to-back games against Florida (3/7) and Alabama-Birmingham (3/12) ... drove in three runs against UAB (3/12) ... was 3-6 at the plate vs. Georgia Tech (3/17) with two doubles, a home run and three RBI ... exploded for five hits, including three doubles, in a win over Penn State (4/4) ... was 3-4 with two runs and one RBI vs. Iowa (5/16) ... collected three hits in four at-bats in a conference tournament game vs. Ohio State (5/28).
Played for the Decatur Blues of the Central Illinois Collegiate League (CICL) ... was a post-season all-star selection ... batted .284 in 35 games, starting 34 ... named league's player of the week for the week of June 23-29, batting .538 (7-13) with three runs scored and two RBI.
Played two seasons at Parkland College in Champaign, Ill. ... helped lead the Cobras to win the 2002 NJCAA World Series title and take fourth place at the 2003 NJCAA World Series with a two-year record of 105-23 ... hit .376 in 60 games as a freshman ... had 76 hits, including 14 doubles and six triples, in 202 at-bats ... was successful on 32 of 37 stolen base attempts ... scored 71 runs while picking up 37 RBI ... batted .438 as a sophomore, collecting 85 hits in 194 at-bats ... drilled 20 doubles, five triples and four home runs while swiping 29 bases ... scored 67 runs and drove in 50 ... named team's MVP after sophomore campaign and earned third-team All-America accolades ... established Parkland career records in runs scored (138) and stolen bases (61).
Three-year letterwinner at Hammond High School ... earned all-conference honors all three seasons ... was an all-state selection as a senior ... batted .434 as a sophomore and .438 during his junior year ... hit at a .610 clip during senior campaign, with 45 runs batted in ... helped team to sectional championship in 1999 ... also lettered in football and earned all-conference and all-state honors at quarterback ... graduated as school's all-time leading passer.
Michael Wayne Coles was born on Sept. 25, 1982, in Hammond, Ind. ... son of Michael Coles Sr., and Tina Harper ... is majoring in African-American studies ... was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 34th round of the 2001 draft.