Hatboro-Horsham's Bateman to Play Soccer at La Salle

On Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, Hatboro-Horsham senior Colin Bateman was recognized for signing a letter of intent to continue his soccer career at La Salle University.  (Photo provided courtesy of Kaitlin Gehlhaus.)

Colin Bateman – La Salle University (Soccer)

Major:  Integrated Business Science & Technology

Final list of colleges:  La Salle, Gettysburg, Stevens Institute of Technology, Connecticut College, Franklin & Marshall, Muhlenberg

Reasons for choosing La Salle:  “A ton of things, starting with it’s a great institution in the greatest city in the world, Philadelphia. It’s 25 minutes from home, so it’s very close, and my parents can come to my game. I can go back when I need anything and when I need to see my family, and that’s important to me, but the biggest aspect is it’s been a huge family school. I have two older siblings, and both played soccer at La Salle. My older brother is there now, and it means the world to me to play with him for two years and hopefully bring La Salle soccer back to the top of the map.”

What was the progression that led you to competing in soccer at the collegiate level?  “I tried a lot of sports when I was younger, but I tried soccer the earliest. It’s been in the family, and I just always had a passion and love for that sport that I couldn’t describe. Whether I’m playing, watching or helping younger kids play, I’m always doing something that’s related to it. I can’t describe how much I love the sport. It’s my passion.”

Coach Kyle McGrath says:  “He was the Player of the Year in our conference, so he was an all-state player. He was a two-time first team all-league and made second team as a sophomore, which was an accomplishment because that (Continental Conference) is so tough.
“I’ve known Colin since he was a kid. He came to our camps when he was younger, and he’s always been just a great kid. The whole family is a great family, and I couldn’t ask for a better kid to coach the last four years.
“Colin came in as a freshman, and he started right away. Basically, from his sophomore year on, he was essentially the heart and soul of our team. He was our center midfielder, and they have to do a lot of the work for us. High school soccer is grueling, and not once did he complain. I think he only missed one game in his entire career when he was sick. He’s a hard worker, someone the younger kids looked up to, and he was exactly what we wanted a Hatter soccer player to be.”

About Colin:
Favorite food:  Any type of wings
Favorite movie:  Scent of a Woman
Favorite music:  Eminem, Tupac, The Weekend, Lil Uzi Vert