Diverse international group coming to campus
When the Northwest College Trappers take the field — less than three months from now — for their first-ever intercollegiate soccer game, the team will sport a definite international flair. Head coach Rob Hill's first class features almost as many players from Brazil (five) as it does from Wyoming (seven).
Throw in players from England, Botswana, Idaho, Washington and four from the state of Florida and suddenly you have a recruiting class that features as many continents as it does states. It is possible more signings will take place between now and the start of fall practice.
“We've probably got three or four more that we'd like to sign,” Hill said. “We still have people sending us film or expressing an interest in coming here to play.”
A handful of players on the Trappers' roster will be instantly recognizable to Park County soccer fans. Hill, who has coached at Cody High School since 2000, will utilize a smattering of local high school players.
Former Cody Broncs Jonathon Chavez, Gavin LaFollette and Zach O'Dell will join Powell's Eric Jacobs, Lander's Kreymer Aurand and Riverton's Nick Warren to provide a foundation of area players that fans may immediately recognize. LaFollette is being called one of the keys to Hill's first recruiting class.
“He's a top signing,” notes Hill. “He's a Cody grad who is transferring here from Yavapai College in Arizona. He will end up going Division I after this year. He's an Olympic Development Program national pool player.”
Warren, described as an “athletic, agile” goalkeeper by Hill, provides another high-visibility player to the Trappers' first roster.
From further away, but still within Wyoming's borders, Cheyenne Central's Brad Ramsey will also be bringing his game to Powell this fall. Ramsey is a four-year starter for Central with state titles under his belt, including an undefeated ‘09 campaign. He is a three-time all-state first-team selection and was named the Wyoming 4A player of the year in 2009, when he was also a member of the all-Rocky Mountain Region team as a central defender.
From Florida, the Trappers bring in a trio of players from the town of Frostproof in midfielders Adrian and Emmanuel Elicerio and defender Erik Rodriguez.
“Erik is one of the best central defenders around,” said Hill. “He's a fantastic recruit who will form a solid central defense partnership.”
Other highlights of the 2010 recruiting class for the Trappers' men's soccer program are Legofi Crawford, the offensive MVP for Lake Gibson High School in Florida this past season, formerly from Botswana, and Shane Scrivner of Manchester, England.
“Shane is the four-year captain of his high school team and a two-year captain of a club team,” said Hill. “He led his region in assists in the 2008-2009 season and was the 2008 USA Tournament MVP as a member of the championship team. He's a top midfielder.”
Launched earlier this spring as a student recruitment initiative, men's and women's soccer teams are expected to draw 40 or more student-athletes to campus. Both teams will begin play this fall.
“It is paying off,” said Dana Young, interim athletic director at NWC. “These male recruits tell us the only reason they're enrolling is because of our new soccer program.”
The Trappers are scheduled to make their debut on Sunday, Aug. 15, when the team travels to Rocky Mountain College in Billings. Northwest College's first home game will take place on Thursday, Sept. 2, when the team hosts Laramie County Community College.
The Trappers are scheduled for a 17-game schedule, not counting post-season contests. The team will play five games at home this season.
Northwest College is expected to announce its women's soccer signings within the next couple of weeks.
“We'll announced players who have signed for the women's team soon,” said Hill. “Female athletes seem to have a different, more deliberate, process when it comes to making such decisions. We have about 14 players who have committed so far and four more are making campus visits after high school is complete. We're excited about who we've recruited for the women's team.