Tim Cotter ‘20 of West Hartford and Jack Marshall ‘20 of Rocky Hill will continue their baseball careers at Sacred Heart University and Stonehill College, respectively. Ethan Brown ‘20 of West Hartford will matriculate to Villanova University for swimming and Will Layden ‘20 of Farmington will head to Providence College also for swimming. Galen Flynn ‘20 of West Hartford will head to Fordham University for soccer.
Tim Cotter was a four-year varsity player and will be serving as a captain of the team this spring. He has played multiple positions for Kingswood Oxford including third base, outfield, and catcher. Varsity head coach Ryan Radmanovich said, “Tim has always had a strong arm, and was given an opportunity to pitch his freshman year. In that game, he pitched 4 1/3 innings in relief giving up zero earned runs and the rest is history.”
In addition to baseball, Cotter was a four year member of the varsity soccer team, active in his church and a student ambassador for KO through the Shield & Dragon program.
Jack Marshall is a four year varsity shortstop for Kingswood Oxford. In his junior year, Marshall hit .393 and played strong defense for the Wyverns. He was selected to the 2019 All-Founders League as an honorable mention player. This past summer, he played shortstop for the 18U CT Moose where he hit .395 with five home runs. Outside of baseball, Marshall plays on the basketball team and is a camp counselor with the Camp KO baseball program. He enjoys helping his coach and the young campers learn baseball techniques and enjoyed the opportunity to talk about the things that make KO a positive experience for him.
Marshall said, “I want to express how thankful I am to my coaches, teammates, and teachers here at KO, who have supported me and helped make this day possible.”
Ethan Brown heads to Villanova next fall to swim with a lengthy resume. He was a member of the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 Boys Division II New England Championship Swim Team. In 2017 he placed third as a member of the 200 Medley Relay, second in the 500 Freestyle, and fourth in the 100 Backstroke. In 2017, Brown placed second in the 200 Medley Relay, 2nd in the 500 Freestyle, first in the 100 Backstroke, and first as a member of the 400 Freestyle Relay.
Outside of Kingswood, Brown swims for the WHAT swim club, where he was the winner of the Eastern Zone 2018 Open Water Championship in the 2K event. Additionally, he was one of the top swimmers in CT in the 200 backstroke, 100 backstroke, 400IM, and 200 IM. He was selected for the International Swim Coaches Association 2019 Junior National Qualifiers and the United States Swimming 2019 Futures Championship Qualifiers. He is a member of the 2019 Eastern Zone Swimming Open Water Overall Championship Team and the 2019 Eastern Zone Swimming Open Water Men's Championship Team, was a United States Swimming 2019 Eastern Zone SPEEDO Sectional Qualifier and a Connecticut Swimming Senior Championship Qualifier.
Coach Rob Riccabon of WHAT said, “Ethan is a role model for his team members while in pursuit of his personal goals and achievements, leading by example in work ethic and team camaraderie. He has a genuine concern for the growth and development of his fellow teammates.”
Outside of the swimming pool, Brown gives back to the KO community as a member of Shield & Dragon, serves as a student ambassador for a variety of events and was part of the service trip with Team Tobati to Paraguay.
Will Layden also carries an impressive swim resume. He is a member of the WHAT Swim Club and participated in the International Swim Coaches Association 2019 Junior National Qualifiers as well as the United States Swimming 2019 Futures Championship Qualifiers. He is a member of 2019 Eastern Zone Swimming Open Water Overall Championship Team, the 2019 Eastern Zone Swimming Open Water Men's Championship Team, was a United States Swimming 2019 Eastern Zone SPEEDO Sectional qualifier and a Connecticut Swimming Senior Championship qualifier.
Layden was also a significant contributing member to the WHAT Swimming Bronze Medal Club which is a top 200 club out of 3600 teams in the United States.
Coach Rob Riccabon said, “Will possesses that special characteristic that enables him to get along with all his teammates. He is a team leader using deeds not words to pave his way to excellence.”
Outside the pool, Layden serves as a Senior Advisor working with middle school students, is a member of Shield & Dragon and now, as a senior, serves as a leader on the Executive Committee.
Galen Flynn will head to Fordham University in the fall to continue his impressive soccer career. Flynn has been a member of the Oakwood Soccer Academy for the past six years and has been described as a nemesis to many offenses that have gone against him in his role as an outside back, as well as shut down defender who excels at pushing forward and attacking up the wings.
Off the field, Flynn is a Shield & Dragon member of the student ambassador program as well as part of the service team that traveled to Paraguay with Team Tobati to volunteer.
Congratulations to all of the KO student-athletes who signed letters of intent and will head to college and universities of choice to further their sports careers!