Lauren Cox is not only pretty, but also a talented athlete. Her senior year started off with a bang when she was a finalist for the 2012 Pasadena Rose Court and was voted by her peers to be the 2011 La Canada High School Homecoming Queen. The piece-de-resistance, was when she signed on to play softball at the University of San Diego (first reported on the Nov. 26 issue of the La Canada Flintridge PATCH). Cox was one of five LCHS students this year who signed their letters of intent early for athletic scholarships.
“I am very blessed to have such a strong support system,” enthused Cox. “I live in a community that reaches out and gives back.”
While softball has been her passion since she was 9-years-old, Cox also played volleyball and soccer as an adolescent. She excelled at club soccer until she was 11-years-old. During this time, she was given a golden opportunity by her coach, Mr. Comstock, to change positions on the softball field and become a pitcher. Cox dropped soccer to concentrate on pitching and playing softball year round.
“Some of my most memorable experiences have been playing Varsity Softball all four years at LCHS,” shared Cox. “Especially, when we won the CIF Championship last year.”
There are many people who have helped Lauren Cox be the superstar she is today. Her number one inspiration is her dad. “He has been right there by my side,” she states with a smile. “He has watched every pitch, lesson and game.” Her dad made sure she had the best coaches and spent countless hours catching for her. “My dad has been my biggest fan and was one of my coaches during LCBSA (La Canada Baseball and Softball Association).”
Others who have helped lead her to victory have been her mom Debbie and little sister, Devyn. Mr. Horner, Mr. Trueblood and Mr. Bathke were instrumental during her LCBSA days. Once at La Canada High School the coaches, Mr. Mathews, Coach Cervanka and Coach Chuck really helped guide her to become a winning pitcher and player. Her travel ball coach, Mr. Shuster, played a big role in helping her achieve her dream of playing softball in college.
After high school, Cox will play ball at USD and focus on nursing or broadcast journalism classes. “I’m going into USD undeclared, so that I may take a variety of classes to see where my real interests and skills lie,” said Cox.
Since she has focused on sports her entire life, she may take a little time off after college to travel and see the world. “With my softball games and practice schedule, I have not been able to travel or take many vacations,” shared Cox.
Her goal is to graduate college, explore Europe and come back to Southern California to be a sports broadcaster.I predict this winning La Canada native will achieve all of the goals she sets. I look forward to watching her on television within the next few years, commentating and reporting on other athletic superstars.