Former Cavalier infielder Branden Cogswell returns to Charlottesville for his first season as a Student Assistant on Brian O’Connor’s staff. Cogswell spent the last four seasons in professional baseball with the Oakland Athletics organization.
A two-time All-ACC honoree, Cogswell was drafted in the seventh round (222nd overall) by the A’s in the 2014 MLB First Year Player Draft. He helped the Virginia to its third College World Series appearance in 2014, playing in all 69 games. In addition to First All-ACC honors at second base, Cogswell was named to the All-College World Series Team after batting .391 (9-for-23). He led the team with 78 hits in 2014 and his nine hits in the College World Series are the most ever by a UVA player.
As a sophomore, Cogswell started all 47 games in which he appeared and earned Second Team All-ACC honors at shortstop. He ranked fifth national in runs per game (1.17) and walks per game (0.81). His .346 batting average was the second best on the team and 10th highest in the ACC.
A Ballston Lake, N.Y. native, Cogswell will complete his degree in Psychology at Virginia in the spring of 2018.