Coppin State Sports Information
One of the most accomplished pitchers in Coppin State baseball history, redshirt senior Aaron Rea was a Preseason All-MEAC selection going into the 2020 season. A native of Altamonte Springs, Fla., Rea has gone 11-1 in conference games the last two years and ranks second in school-history in games started (44), wins (15), strikeouts (208) and innings pitched (248.1). As a junior in 2018, Rea led the Eagles to a MEAC Northern Division Championship while going 6-0 with a 2.49 ERA in conference games.
Q: Why Did You Choose Coppin State?
I chose Coppin because coming out of High School I didn’t have any opportunities to play anywhere and then Coppin came along and gave me a chance.
Q: What is your Major and what would you like to do with it after graduation?
I want to continue playing baseball after graduation and if not hopefully become a coach. My major is Sports Management with a concentration in athletic training. I want to become a strength coach and help athletes succeed in whatever sport they are doing.
Q: Are there any professors, faculty or staff members at Coppin that have made a lasting impact on you (Who & Why)?
The coaching staff for always believing in me and just giving me the opportunity to play the game I love. They are always making a better baseball player and have a lot of trust in me. Definitely Coach Matt Walker as well. I thank this man every day and I was so blessed to have him by my side. If it wasn’t for him, I don’t think I would be the baseball player I am today.
Q: Did you play any other sports growing up and what made you decide on baseball? Who were your favorite athletes growing up and why?
I played several different sports growing up. I played baseball, basketball and football. At first, I wanted to play basketball because that’s what I was best at, but once we moved to Florida it was all about baseball, and in High School I knew that I had a better chance at playing baseball at the next level. If I was three or four inches taller, I would have been a star basketball player somewhere. Growing up, my favorite baseball player was David Wright, my favorite football players were Priest Holmes and Eli Manning, and my favorite basketball player ever is Paul Pierce. They all made an impact on my athletic career
Q: What was your favorite memory from playing baseball at Coppin State?
My favorite memory was watching my brother, Justin getting his first Division I start against Georgetown, and watching my other brother, Nazier McIlwain break the school-record for hits. The year we were North Division Champions (2018) was amazing.
Q: Is there anything that you have learned so far in regards to this global epidemic with COVID-19 and will it cause you to change anything in your life?
It’s really crazy to me and feels like a movie with what’s going on. It honestly won’t cause me to change anything with my life. I’m still going to be that chill Aaron Rea.
Q: What are songs that are on your Quarantine Playlist?
My favorite rapper Dave East will always be in my playlist no matter what, so I have him. So far, I have also been listening to Uzi and Don Tolliver, also G Herbo and Lil Baby and of course i have to have my Spanish music.
Q: The NCAA Committee is recommending that eligibility relief be provided to all student-athletes who participate in spring sports. What would getting an extra year to play baseball mean to you?
Getting another year to play baseball would mean the world to me. I play this game with everything I have, and I will always love the game of baseball. I always dreamed of playing in the big leagues and having another opportunity to do that means so much. The game of baseball helped me and changed my life forever. If it wasn’t for baseball who knows what I would be doing today.