FC Alliance is known as the club which maximizes a player’s chance to play college soccer, and 2014 has done nothing but enhance that reputation. Fresh off sending 34 girls to college soccer in 2013, 32 of the 33 players in this year’s FC Alliance girls’ senior class has signed to play collegiately. That percentage is the highest in club history. In fact, the only player not to sign did so by choice; she had multiple offers to play at the college level. Every player on the 96 Girls Black and 96 Girls Black 2 squads inked their papers this spring except the aforementioned exception. Coaches and directors describe it as an amazing accomplishment by the players, coaches and all the families involved.
“We’re so proud of these players,” said Director of Coaching Josh Gray. “Everyone who wanted to play collegiately will be doing so. Our staff did an incredible job with these kids.”
Gray credits a range of coaches for helping the kids achieve their individual goals: Jonathan Thompson, Carrie Ollom, Kevin Keck, Chad Stocton, as well as numerous FC Alliance coaches who coached the players when they were in younger age groups. Gray and Director of Operations Jon Schneider also coached many of them.
“We really have a great situation in the club right now with college placement,” added Coach Schneider. “So many kids bring the desire to play college soccer to the table, and our coaches match their drive and determination to succeed. Everyone is putting in a tremendous effort to get kids into school.”
The 32 signees form the girls’ side of things are playing at schools spanning ten different states and a variety of levels. Josie Jennings has made local news by signing with Tennessee. It marks the fourth consecutive year an FC Alliance player has become a Lady Vol. Lillia Moore is traveling the farthest to continue her playing career, as she heads to the University of Montana. Other schools taking FC Alliance players include MTSU, College of Charleston, Austin Peay, Furman, Wofford, Lee University, and Miami of Ohio.
"I'm very happy for these seniors, “ said 96 Girls coach Kevin Keck. “Their hard work and dedication through many years of competitive soccer has been recognized by these college coaches. The thing I am maybe most impressed with is the desire of these young ladies to continue to improve even after they’ve signed with their respective school. "
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Montana LeBoueff (Charleston) and Morgan Sanider (Lee)
on signing day with their current and former coaches.