UM's Jacob & Kohn to Play Collegiate Baseball

On Tuesday, May 9, 2017, Upper Moreland seniors Tom Jacob and Brandon Kohn were recognized for committing to continue their baseball careers at the collegiate level. To view photos of the event, please visit the Photo Gallery at the following link:

Tom Jacob – Misericordia University (Baseball)
Final list of colleges:  Misericordia, Elizabethtown, Penn State-Harrisburg
Reasons for choosing Misericordia:  “The first time I went there they were really friendly. The coaches seemed like they wanted my best interests, and everyone seemed really nice. It just seemed like the right fit for me.”
What was the progression that led you to competing in baseball at the collegiate level?  “I have wanted to play baseball in college my entire life. Junior year I started going to some PBR Showcases, and colleges are able to look at you through those showcases.”
Coach Dan Heiland says:  “Tommy was a kid who transferred in from Archbishop Wood his junior year and wasn’t really too sure where he would be – in the field every day or just pitching. He was a pitcher for us as a junior, and he made tremendous leaps in his pitching last summer and really grew as a player and a leader with that experience. He’s one of those kids that works his butt off, constantly asking to stay after practice to get extra reps whether it be ground balls, popups, extra swings. He was a guy that when Jon Searles went down we threw him in at first base. He had not played first base at all for us, but athletically, he was able to do the things we asked of him and never batted an eye. He always just did what was best for the team. He’s just an extremely hardworking kid.”
About Tom:
Favorite food:
Chicken Quesadilla from Taco Bell
Favorite movie:  The Other Guys
Favorite music:  Country

Brandon Kohn – Harford Community College (Baseball)
Final list of colleges:  Harford, Monmouth, St. Joseph’s, La Salle
Reasons for choosing Harford:  “I love the coaches and the campus.”
What was the progression that led you to competing in baseball at the collegiate level?  “(Last) summer, I started playing for the Philadelphia Whiz Kids who went to a bunch of showcases every weekend. Eventually, Harford caught my attention. When I found out about them, I fell in love with them.”
Coach Dan Heiland says:  “Brandon started for us for three years. He’s another kid that as a sophomore and junior he had some growing up to do, and this year he was a whole new player. Last year he was our second or third pitcher and played a lot of shortstop for us. He did a lot of that this year as well, but this year he was extremely dominant on the mound. His record didn’t show it, but he had a lot of no decisions. He was one of the top pitchers, if not the top pitcher, in our conference for strikeout-to-hit ratio. He took control of the games, and when he did, everyone in the crowd, players on each team and coaches always recognized it and gave him credit when credit was due.”
About Brandon
Favorite food: 
Favorite movie:  Step Brothers
Favorite music:  Country