Noel Lopez and his family, Dad David Lopez and Mom Eve Lopez and sister Elena Lopez and brother Leo Lopez.
North Dallas senior Noel Lopez signed a letter of intent Tuesday to play baseball at Dallas Christian College, a private four-year college in Farmers Branch.
“I feel pretty good. It’s a big accomplishment,” said Noel, who is being recruited as a pitcher. He said he also received offers from Texas Wesleyan and Southwestern Assemblies of God University.
Noel said he was recruited through Adam Suarez, president of Elite Athletics Baseball Collegiate Showcase, during the summer when he was playing on a high school showcase team. Suarez coached Noel during his T-ball years, and also during his years on the showcase team.
In a statement, Noel said, “First, I’d like to thank the Lord for making this all possible. I’d like to thank all of you for being here today on this special occasion. I really want to thank Coach Dixon from DCC for giving me this opportunity. And I want to thank each and every one of my coaches that are here today because all of y’all had a huge impact on my life and on my baseball career. I’d like to give special thanks to Coach Adam. He started out as my T-ball coach. He taught me hard work and dedication it takes to play baseball. Now, a decade later, you’re here by my side signing. I also want to thank my parents and my siblings for supporting me and always being here for me when no one else was, especially my dad for pushing me on and off the field. I’ve gone through so much with him, he’s made me the young man and ball player I am today.”
Noel Lopez reads his statement as DCC Coach Denny Dixon and Adam Suarez, president of the Elite Athletics Baseball Collegiate Showcase, and his future teammates look on.
Dallas Christian College is a member of the NCCAA Division I and competes in the Victory League.
“I’ve developed a trust with Adam and his eye for talent,” said Dallas Christian College Coach Denny Dixon, who has been coaching for 22 seasons. “When you’re recruiting at the college level, being able to sign players early is a benefit, especially a left-handed pitcher. We’re happy to have you.”
Dixon, whose team went 21-37 last season, said “everybody in the program participates because we play so many games.”
North Dallas Coach Steven De La Cerda said he was “excited that Noel is getting to play at the next level!”
“Noel has been a huge part of this program’s success and growth,” De La Cerda said. “From day one, he has been such a hard-working ball player with an incredible IQ. He’s always been such a foundational piece to what we do both defensively and offensively. He’s a scrappy player who is extremely coachable!
“I credit his parents for how tremendous and respectful he is, they truly have done a great job raising a quality young man. I look forward to seeing him play at the next level!”
With the Bulldogs baseball season about to start in a few weeks, Noel has high expectations for this year’s team, competing in its first year in District 12-4A.
“We’re looking to getting another district title and make a deeper run in the playoffs,” Noel said.
North Dallas players (back) Modesto Ottenwarden, Marco Garcia, Deion Medellin, and coaches Cortez Cole (left) and Steven De La Cerda sit with Noel Lopez.
Marielena Garcia and Samanta Lopez sit with Noel
North Dallas baseball coach Steven De La Cerda and Noel
Adam Suarez, president of the Elite Athletics Baseball Collegiate Showcase, and Dallas Christian College Coach Denny Dixon sit with Noel.
Noel’s family: Dad David, Mom Eve, brother Leo and sister Elena watch.
Mom Eve Lopez takes a photo as Marielena Garcia, Lauren Garcia and Samanta Lopez watch.
Noel’s North Dallas teammates, Marco Garcia, Deion Medellin and Modesteo Ottenwarden, and North Dallas Coach Steven De La Cerda attend the ceremony.