Actions often times speak louder than words.

Actions often times speak louder than words.   For Nakayla Coleman, a word she has had to deal with throughout her softball career is adversity.   On Wednesday afternoon, she found an action that spoke louder than any adversity ever could.   In front of her friends, family, coaches and teammates, the Ardmore Lady Tigers softball standout officially signed her National Letter of Intent to play college softball for the Eastern Oklahoma State College Lady Mountaineers in Wilburton, Oklahoma.   “I’m pretty excited about getting to play at the next level,” Coleman said. “It’s going to be a great challenge for myself. This moment shows that going the extra mile was worth it and I’m just proud that I never gave up on this dream.”   “From the moment I stepped on campus, the coaches sold me on the family atmosphere,” Coleman added. “Family is such a big part of my life and being able to be welcomed on campus like I was, it meant the world to me and really influenced my decision.”   Known for her trademark smile and speed on the base path, Coleman was an important part of the five senior starters this season for the Lady Tigers.   She finished with a batting average above .400 this season and was apart of a team which made the regional tournament this season.   Coleman will bring a welcomed offensive presence to a Lady Mountaineers team which has made a habit out of winning 20 or more games the last few seasons.   She now becomes the fourth Lady Tigers player to have signed to play college softball this season joining Kalie Douglas, Lauren Blankenship, and Makila Case.   “I’ve loved getting to play with Kalie, Lauren, Makila, and Reegan this season,” Coleman said. “Ardmore softball has taught me a lot of life lessons and I’m very thankful for Coach Crawford for helping me get to this point along with my other coaches. I feel like playing for Ardmore and playing club softball has prepared me for this next chapter of my softball career and education.”   Nakayla said she plans on studying education with the hopes of becoming a college softball coach.