Southmoore’s Coleman Little – Academic Athlete of the Month Presented by Republic Bank & Trust


By Kelsey Baucom

Coleman Little is regarded by Southmoore’s head soccer coach Kit Stephenson as an “awesome player, kid, and scholar.” Little has earned this praise by being a hard worker on the field as well as in the classroom. In fact, he has maintained a 4.50 GPA and is in the 97th percentile in his senior class. His education is important to him, and his competitive nature makes him want to succeed that much more.

“I am pretty competitive which lends itself to excelling in things,” said Little. “I have worked hard to ensure I have good grades and challenge myself by taking advanced classes. In addition to those classes, I am taking concurrent classes at OCCC. Southmoore has fantastic teachers. I’ve been fortunate to be taught by some of the best and appreciate them pushing me to be my best.”  

Little is also involved in National Honor Society, Special Olympics, and Model UN at school. Outside of school, he plays club soccer at Oklahoma Energy Football Club and spends time volunteering at his church and at INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center. He balances all of his extracurriculars, sports, and academics by honing in on his organizational skills.

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“I work hard at time management which helps me stay organized,” he said. “Staying organized helps me keep focused and finish schoolwork on time as well as plan around my extracurricular activities.”

Having played soccer for about fifteen years, competitive and otherwise, Little has encountered plenty of great athletes and coaches. This year has offered a new opportunity since he and younger brother got to share the field.

“I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to play with some great athletes,” said Little. “This year has been particularly exciting as I’m getting field time with my brother who’s a freshman. We really have a close bond and I’m enjoying the chance to play side-by-side. I’m thankful for our coaches. They have set high standards for the team which pushes everyone to do their best.”

After graduation, Little plans on attending Oklahoma State University in the fall and majoring in architecture. He has enjoyed his time at his high school, is thankful for the opportunities Southmoore has provided, and looks forward to what the future holds for him.