RANDOLPH, NJ- Three student-athletes who are lifelong residents of Randolph Township, signed Division I National Letters of Intent (NLI) to continue their education and athletic careers at the collegiate level.
On November 13, 2019, high school seniors, Patrick Coyne of Morristown-Beard, as well as Mark Darakjy and Brendan McSorley from Delbarton in Morristown, participated in signing events at their respective schools. Both events were well attended and recognized the accomplishments of three of Randolph’s own.
Coyne, supported by his parents Tom and Trish, sister Lauren and the school’s head baseball coach, John Sheppard, signed his National Letter of Intent to play baseball at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. Coyne is a four-year varsity standout at third base who also pitched and was a leading offensive player for the Crimson of the Morristown-Beard School.
Coyne selected Lehigh University after meeting with the baseball coaches and aligning its well-known engineering program with his academic interests in science and math.
“I knew Lehigh was the place for me after walking around campus during my first visit with the coaches,” said Coyne. and walking around the campus.” Academically it was a perfect fit since I wanted to study engineering, plus, the baseball team is on the rise.”
Coyne is a product of the Randolph Little League baseball program, playing on Allstar teams, Randolph Babe Ruth, and Randolph travel teams. He noted his appreciation and thanks for coaches Paul Kratchovil, Eric Polesuk, Bill Ross and Marcus Ippolito, who helped develop his baseball skills and leadership skills on and off the field.
“The constant with these four dad / coaches was having the right priorities,” said Coyne. “Fun and sportsmanship were above all, then winning came naturally as a result”.
Coyne is also grateful to MBS Baseball Coach John Sheppard for having confidence in him as a freshman by allowing him to play at the varsity level, and for guiding him through his high school years.
Mark Darakjy, supported by his parents David and Erin, sister Courtney and Delbarton’s baseball coaches Bruce Shatel and Anthony Negrin, signed his National Letter of Intent to play baseball at Northeastern University in Boston, Ma.
Darakjy is a four-year varsity starter in the outfield on Delbarton baseball teams which have won two state championships, two Morris County Tournament titles and competed in the 2019 National High School Invitational Championship in Cary, NC. In addition to playing baseball, Mark is also the Captain of the Delbarton varsity ice hockey team.
Darakjy selected Northeastern University because of its outstanding academic reputation, its co-op program, and the strong relationship he was able to develop with the coaching staff. While at school he plans to study business.
“I knew Northeastern was a great school in a great college town,” said Darakjy. “Once I met the coaches, I knew the school was a perfect fit for me.”
Darakjy, is also a product of Randolph Little League baseball, playing on numerous Allstar teams, Randolph Babe Ruth, and Randolph based travel teams.
When asked who influenced him during his younger years in Randolph, Darakjy offered special thanks to coaches Kevin Donnelly and David Tamres for renewing his love of the game. He also expressed that he is grateful to coaches Jack Baxter and Paul Kratchovil for helping him develop into the player he is, and to become a leader on and off the field.
Like Coyne, he will always remember playing with and against his Randolph friends. He also thanks Delbarton coaches Bruce Shatel and Anthony Negrin for giving him the opportunity and having confidence in him to play at the varsity level as a freshman at Delbarton and for guiding him through the college recruiting process.
“It all started in Randolph Little League and the great coaches I had over the years,” said Darakjy. “Together with my experience at Delbarton, I believe I am well prepared to play and compete at the collegiate level.”
Brendan McSorley, supported by his parents Guy and Tara, as well as Delbarton’s soccer coach David Donovan, signed his NLI to attend and play soccer at Providence College in Providence, RI. McSorley is a three-year varsity player as a forward and has been a key part of a state championship team and three Morris County Tournament Championships over the years.
As the Delbarton Captain, McSorley led the team in both goals with 16 and assists with 10 during the 2019 season. In addition to being named to the 2019 first team All-State team, McSorley was named to USA Today’s Preseason All-USA team, and in December 2019 was named to the United Soccer Coaches All American team.
McSorley stated he is ecstatic to join the Friars of Providence College and have an opportunity to continue his education and play soccer. Providence College competes in the Big East Conference.
While they did not attend Randolph High School, these young men are all proud of their life experiences here in town, as well as the strong relationships they have maintained with their Randolph friends over the years.