Appling broadening academic horizons with baseball coaching class
Keith Appling has been lighting it up on the basketball court all season, but there’s more to the senior guard than meets the eye.
In his final semester at MSU, Appling is in a coaching baseball class, taught by MSU baseball coach Jake Boss Jr.
He said there’s no way he’d trade in his sneakers for a bat and ball, but he’s expecting to have fun in the course.
“I would never go out and play baseball, but I’m a fan,” Appling said. “We’ve only had one class so far because of all the snow days. I’m just taking the class so I can get my degree.”
There have been many two sport Spartan athletes.
Kirk Gibson was a star in both football and baseball, and more recently, Matt Trannon was a wide receiver on the football team before slipping on a basketball jersey once the football season was over.
The Detroit native said he doesn’t have an answer to ‘Who’s your Tiger?’ but the feeling he got when he went to the ballpark was one of his favorite activities when he was still at home.
“I don’t really have a favorite (player),” he said. “It was just a hometown team. It was so close to where I lived that I had an opportunity to get to a lot of different games. I really liked being in the atmosphere of Tiger Stadium”