By Keeli Parkey
A Blue Devil will be joining a national powerhouse after graduation.
Unicoi County High School senior Shaddon Peavyhouse officially signed with Coastal Carolina – the winner of the 2016 NCAA College World Series – in a ceremony held at UCHS on Wednesday, Nov. 9.
“It feels great,” Peavyhouse told The Erwin Record. “There is no program I would rather be a part of. I think I bring a lot to the team because I can play all nine positions if needed. They have recruited me as a two-way player, so I will play shortstop and pitch.”
Peavyhouse said he first learned of Coastal Carolina’s interest in recruiting him after he pitched in a tournament in South Carolina.
“I received a phone call from (assistant/pitching) coach (Drew) Thomas and he wanted me to go on a visit as soon as possible,” Peavyhouse said. “He said they were very interested in me after they watched me pitch in the CABA World Series.”
Peavyhouse said he chose Coastal Carolina for several reasons.
“I chose Coastal Carolina because of the coaches, for the most part, because of the way that they develop their players,” he said. “I really enjoyed the campus on my visit and everyone spoke to me while I was there, so they made me feel like I was at home.”
Before he joins the Chanticleers, Peavyhouse still has a senior season to play for the Blue Devils – a season he is looking forward to.
“I believe this year that we are going to Murfreesboro to compete in the state tournament,” Peavyhouse said.
Blue Devil head coach Chad Gillis said he expects Peavyhouse to be a key player in the Blue Devils’ 2017 season.
“Shaddon is a talented athlete,” Gillis said. “He consistently brings a great work ethic and competitive attitude to the team. As a junior, he began to take on the role of team leader. He filled this role well both on and off the field.
“I expect Shaddon to fill multiple roles this season. He will play shortstop and be a big bat for us in the lineup. I also expect him to excel on the mound. He may serve multiple roles as a pitcher, but I want to see him be a shutdown guy in whatever role he plays.”
Peavyhouse’s competitive spirit is an asset to the Blue Devils.
“Shaddon loves to compete,” Gillis said. “His competitiveness and work ethic helps to push his teammates to better themselves. He can play any position on the field and do it at a high level. A lot of players look up to Shaddon and will listen to advice he may give them on the field.
“He is coachable and works to be the best player he can be, this rubs off on many of his teammates,” Gillis continued.