EDW’s Coddou overcomes injury, signs with UNO
Mon. November 19, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. | By Teddy Renois/Staff Writer
E.D. White Catholic pitcher Peyton Coddou signed anational letter-of-intent to join UNO's baseball program for the 2014 season last week. (Photo by Teddy Renois/Staff)
E.D. White Catholic pitcher Peyton Coddou wasn't sure if he would get a chance to play college baseball.
During the 2011 high school football season, Coddou tore his ACL in his right knee. It caused him to not only miss the remainder of the football season but most of the 2012 baseball season as well.
Coddou watched from the dugout as the Cardinals reached the Class 3A semifinals last season, while he was still rehabbing his injury.
Coddou continued his rehab over the summer, but the difference was during the summer he could pitch. It was at a showcase tournament at Southeastern Louisiana University where the coaches from the University of New Orleans watch the right-hander work from the mound.
The Privateers coaches were impressed with Coddou's ability and offered him a scholarship.
Coddou signed a national letter-of-intent to join UNO's baseball program for the 2014 season on Thursday.
"When I tore the ACL, I didn't know if I would ever get to this point. It was a long recovery, and over the summer, I just kept working," Coddou said. "I just kept getting stronger, and my coaches helped me a lot. They got me in a throwing program, and I just kept progressing and UNO kept calling me. When I played at Southeastern, they like what they saw and they called me again, and that is how this happened."
Coddou, who is academically qualified, did pitched for the Cardinals last season when he appeared against Slidell before the state playoffs began. But missing the entire season last year really has Coddou anxious to get the 2013 season started.
"I pitched against Slidell and that was my workout, but I just stayed on the bench for the season," Coddou said. "(Signing with UNO) is a big relief off my chest. I just want to keep running and stay in shape, and this year we are going to win state. I am real excited for the season to get here."
E.D. White coach Shane Trosclair said there were a lot of people, besides Coddou, who should celebrate in his achievement.
"A lot of the credit goes to him, but it also goes to his doctors, physical therapist and his parents. (His parents) pushed him and believed in him. They also drove him around to different events so he could be seen by college coaches," Trosclair said. "It was unfortunate that he missed most of our season with the success we had. When he came back, he was still rehabbing, but he had one goal and that was to play college baseball. I never seen a kid work so hard to fulfill his dream. I am proud of him and his family to make it happen."
After competing at the Division III level, UNO is returning to Division I and will be a member of the Southland Conference next season. Coddou said that UNO's move to the Southland is an added bonus to go with his signing.
"UNO used to compete in the Sun Belt Conference, and they did well. There is a lot of tradition at UNO," Coddou said. "They are going to compete in the Southland, and it will be great to play against Nicholls and have people come out and see me."