FORT MYERS, Fla.– Marc Coffers’ college baseball career at FGCU ended because of the 2020 pandemic.
“It didn’t feel like real life,” Coffers said.
“It’s over. We just have to come to terms with it.”
Fellow senior, Richie Garcia, said it took some time to process but he eventually came to terms that real life had to start.
“I thought that part of my life was done. I was ready to start my life,” Garcia said.
For both Coffers and Gacia, it was time to start real life.
Garcia began by working 65-hour work weeks at two jobs, one being a bingo hall owned by Coffer’s family.
“You can catch Marc and I calling bingo numbers,” joked Garcia.
Both of them knew they would do anything to get their last season back.
After a few months, Garcia’s life of the baseball diamond was starting to look more appealing than real life.
“I would lie awake at night watching old highlights of us in the regional, us winning the ASun championship and I just couldn’t sleep at night,” Garcia said.
Lucky for them, in May the NCAA granted every athlete an extra year of eligibility because of the pandemic. This meant if Coffers and Garcia wanted to, they could play one last year of college baseball with the blessing of Eagles’ head coach Dave Tollett.
“He gave this senior class another chance to do something special for all we’ve done already,” said Coffers.
From the bingo hall back to the baseball diamond, Garcia and Coffers decided to return for their senior seasons once again.