Six student-athletes have signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Lees-McRae College and play men's soccer in the fall of 2014, announced head coach Lee Squires Monday afternoon.
Joining the Bobcat squad in the fall will be David Frederick (Woodsboro, Md.), Adam Hackett (Hillsborough, N.C.), Josh Price (Elon, N.C.), Sam Pugh (Durham, N.C.), Colin Thompke (Cary, N.C.) and Bryan Thompson (Evans, Ga.).
All six newcomers are products of LMC's men's soccer elite residential camps.
"These guys each have the ability and character to make a real impact for us. They will push the returning guys and other incoming players hard for a place in the starting XI, and increase the intensity of training as they each are coming here wanting to play," praised Squires. "The depth of our roster is as good, if not better than it has ever been. I am excited to work with each of them and watch them grow as student-athletes."
David Frederick Midfielder 5-8 Woodsboro, Md.
Frederick is a product of Walkersville High School, where he holds the school record for career assists (18). He was tabbed Rookie of the Year in 2011 before having a highly-touted senior season. In his final year, he was named co-captain, a member of the Frederick County All-Area Second-Team and MVAL All-League First-Team. Also, he earned the senior excellence award and golden boot award.
"David is a hard-working young man with a fantastic left foot. He showed the maturity and dedication after last year's camp to go away and improve physically and now he is ready to compete at a college level," praised Squires. "The last time Thomas Rusling and I saw him play, he scored wo of the best goals I have ever seen. A great prospect!"
Frederick intends on majoring in wildlife rehabilitation/outdoor education. The Woodsboro, Md., native is the son of Adam and Lisa Frederick. He has one brother, Christopher, and one sister, Elaina.
"I chose Lees-McRae College because I think it will be a perfect fit for my personality. The campus is in the mountains, which will be a great surrounding for my major," said Frederick. "I am looking forward to working with the coaching staff and I enjoy the LMC style of play. The size of the campus is small, which is great for getting to know all of your professors. All in all I think LMC is a great fit for me and will make me a well-rounded person moving forward in my life.
Adam Hackett Midfielder 5-11 Hillsborough, N.C.
Hackett graduated from Orange High School in Hillsborough, N.C. while being tabbed club team captain for the MYSA Revolution. He was a scholar athlete for all four years, while playing varsity for three years.
"Adam is a very dedicated and hard-working student athlete. He impressed at camp and has developed well since then," said Squires. "He is direct and can use both feet, and we look forward to working with him."
He intends on majoring in creative marketing. He is the son of Terry and Julie-Russ Hackett. He has two brothers, Aaron Hackett and Jasper Quirk.
"LMC has an academic program that really interested me and I felt the campus environment would help me succeed. The soccer coaches and program met the same ideals I wanted as a student-athlete," said Hackett. "This is a cool campus in the mountains."
Josh Price Midfielder/Defender 5-9 Elon, N.C.
Price is a product of Western Alamance High School in Elon, N.C. He is a two-time honorable mention for the Mid-State Conference (2011 & 12). Price shined in his senior season while being named to the MSC all-conference team, all-region first-team and the Mid-State Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
"Josh is a tough tackling midfielder with a great engine," praised Squires. "I have no doubt Josh will make an impact at the collegiate level as he has all the tools to succeed, and I am looking forward to working with him."
The Elon, N.C., native is a member of the NC Fusion Premier U18 squad and intends on majoring in physical education.
He is the son of John and Elizabeth Price and has one sister, Sarah Jane.
"I like the area as far as the mountains and other outdoor activities. I was looking for a school that I would be able to have an impact on the soccer team," said Price. "Lastly, I was looking for a school that would support my academic goals."
Sam Pugh Forward 5-10 Durham, N.C.
Pugh is a highly-touted forward from Jordan High School in Durham, N.C. He was a member of the AB Honor Roll while playing for the Kepner President Cup Championship team (2011-12). Pugh was a league champion (2011-12) and participated on the 2012 Presidents Regional's Semifinalist team.
"A teammate of Thompke's and another camp standout, Sam has a great personality and will certainly add character to the team," said Squires. "He is a clever play who holds the ball up well and brings others in to play, and can finish."
He has already made an impact at LMC after being named LMC's 2nd Annual Video Essay Scholarship Contest Winner. Link to video can be found HERE. Pugh plays for the NC Alliance Real club team.
He is the son of Greg and Betsy Pugh and has a brother, Jack. Pugh intends on majoring in business.
"Lees-McRae is a perfect fit for me because it has a great community where I will be able to grow as a soccer player and individual. This has been my dream since a young kid and I'm pleased Coach Squires has given me this great opportunity," said Pugh. "I'm very excited to be a part of the team and I'm ready to compete to be the best."
Colin Thompke Midfielder 5-10 Cary, N.C.
Thompke graduated from Apex High School in Cary, N.C. while playing for the NC Alliance Real club team. He was a key component to the AHS squad that finished as conference runner-ups as a senior and inaugural Wake County Cup champions.
Thompke is a four-year member of the Academy of Information Technology program and participated on the 2012 ACC Hall of Fame Showcase championship team. He played for the Norcross Nike tournament championship squad. In 2010 and '11, he participated in ODP Region III sub regional events and University of Alabama Region III camp.
"Colin has showed at camp and in every game I have seen him play, to be a very technical central midfielder. He wants to get on the ball and understands the game at a high level having played for a good coach and club team," praised Squires. "He is well-rounded and can attack and defend with quality. We are delighted to have Colin on board."
Thompke is the son of Mike and Pam Thompke and has one sister, Laurin. He intends on majoring in business administration.
"I thought I would fit in with the team well and they could help me progress as a person and as a player. Also, the environment that I will play in is phenomenal," said Thompke. "I enjoy the mountains and the setting of the school."
Bryan Thompson Defender 6-0 Evans, Ga.
Thompson comes from Greenbrier High School in Evans, Ga. and is a member of the Augusta Arsenal club team. He was a four-year varsity starter while being tabbed to all-region first-team and all-area first-team.
"Bryan had a great camp last year and I was delighted when he committed to us. He will provide much needed depth and quality at the back," said Squires. "He reads the game very well and can also play out from the back, and I am excited to see what he can do for us."
Thompson is the son of James and Laura Thompson and has two sisters, Becky and Sarah. He intends on majoring in business.
"I enjoy the small atmosphere, location and the town of Banner Elk," said Thompson.
Lees-McRae College, a four-year, co-educational liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, USA, is located in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains of northwestern North Carolina. Being a year-round tourist destination, the area provides the best of a vibrant college community coupled with natural beauty and a rich history. Please see www.lmc.edu for more information.