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Atmosphere of optimism

Trevon Johnson | [email protected]
Jordan Coen-Kotecki holding two basketballs on the City College court.
Jordan Coen-Kotecki is on his third year on the basketball team at City College. He is known for his positivity and keeping the team together as a cohesive unit. | Trevon Johnson | [email protected]

While others may scowl at a loss, he’ll be the one shaking hands after the game.

This forward for the City College men’s basketball team can be recognized as a player who’s kind and willing to extend a hand to members on other teams who have fallen during a game.

The player, Jordan Coen-Kotecki, is a 20-year-old City College student in his third year playing for the basketball team, having red-shirted the first year he attended City College.

He is a player that plays hard and tough, but also with respect.

“Basketball isn’t just a sport to me, it’s a game that has shaped my life,” explains a young man, who stands at just over 6-foot, 3-inches.

It isn’t just the game that has changed him, but he is also leaving his mark on basketball as well.

Coen-Kotecki grew up in Sacramento and played basketball around the area. He was on the team at El Camino High School and participated in the Amateur Athletic Union basketball club, as well.

Coen-Kotecki is known for his positivity and is seen as a key factor in keeping the team together as a cohesive unit as well as a second family, something that he views as one of the most important aspects of a team.

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His dedication to creating this encouraging atmosphere hasn’t gone unnoticed. The coaching staff and other members of the team continuously point out the influence he has had on the group.

“Jordan is a consistently positive influence on team morale,” head coach Andrew Jones says, who has coached the kinesiology student for the three years he has been part of the team. “His understated sense of humor is a welcome contrast to some of the larger personalities we have.”

While basketball isn’t the only focus Coen-Kotecki may have in life, it does play an important role. The competitive atmosphere causes many players to fold, or it can bring out their competitive side, but he insists that he always keeps a bright outlook, a quality his teammates can always count on.

“He’s positive and always trying to improve himself on the court,” teammate DeSean Atkins says.

Atkins says he considers Coen-Kotecki to be very hardworking and coachable, and feels that his encouraging attitude is a quality that rubs off on the team.

“He’s a great teammate,” he says.

And in a time when negativity toward sports and the surrounding stereotypes of student-athletes getting preferential treatment, Coen-Kotecki has made it a point to prove people wrong. He doesn’t waste his time lying around playing video games on the weekend, and he sure does not let his GPA slip below 3.5, something many student-athletes may struggle with. To him, school is always the top priority on his busy list, a testament to his dedication and an example
of how he has set himself apart from the others in his sport.

“You know, if sports and everything else doesn’t work out, school will take me to where I need to go in life,” he says.

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