KSA Players Commit to Colleges

Four KSA players commit to play at the next level.

On behalf of KSA directors and staff, we are delighted for these KSA graduates and wish them all the best with their college soccer. With KSA being a new club and with us only having one team in each age group we are excited for the futures of our KSA players, with half a dozen players off to college for 2013 and with 13 players already committed to colleges as juniors in high school for 2014. We are more than pleased with the progress of our Path2College program and the future of Knoxville Soccer Academy. KSA is a club which is measured by its player and positional development and how we can influence and elevate these young players, having Path2College utilized as a mentor program to nurture youth players to becoming more aware of what’s needed to build the correct Path2College, we take complete pride in players making decisions to further their education and in choosing a college where all the boxes are ticked.  To read more about the Path2College program click here.

Read their stories below.

Ethan Haskell: Committed to Carson Newman University
Adam Sturgeon: Commited to Montreat College
Taylor Hurley: Committed to Anderson University
Caleb Chastain: Committed to Union College

Ethan Haskell: Committed to Carson Newman University

In January I signed to play soccer for the Coach Moodie and the Carson Newman Eagles.  While at Carson Newman, I plan to major in Special Education.  I look forward to being a part of such a great school and such a great team.  My time with the Knoxville Soccer Academy was priceless.  I feel Derek and Josh provided me with the confidence and knowledge to take my game to the next level.  One of my favorite parts about the Academy was practice.  I could always count on learning something new and improving my game, even from one night to the next. I had never experienced that before. Having the opportunity to play against college teams was also great for my development and gave me exposure to many different college teams and coaches.   I am really grateful for the solid foundation the coaches provided for me at the Academy and I know it will be key to my future success as a player.

 

Adam Sturgeon: Commited to Montreat College

My name is Adam Sturgeon and I play for KSA.  When I first joined the team I didn’t know what to expect.  It was a new team and no one knew anything about it.

Before joining this team, playing college soccer was a crazy dream I had thought was impossible to achieve.  I can honestly say playing KSA opened so many doors and opportunities for me.  I have to thank my coaches, Derek Broadley and Josh Scott for the great training they gave me.  I thank them greatly.

 

Taylor Hurley: Committed to Anderson University

I began training at KSA one year ago in the spring of my junior year.  After playing on several clubs 
in the area since I was eight years old, I found the coaches, Derek and Josh, to be very approachable and welcoming.  The training has been excellent.  They have really helped me develop as a player by providing an environment that focuses on what individual players need in order to become the best player they can be.   I came to KSA at a time when playing college soccer was something I knew I wanted to do.  Josh walked me through the process from the beginning.  He helped me narrow down college camps I was interested in attending, helped prepare me for a try out, and gave me valuable advice on making my final decision from several offers I received.  Ultimately I chose Anderson University because after visiting several colleges and observing team practice, spending the night in the dorm with a team member, and attending some classes, Anderson felt like the best fit for me as a player and future student.  I am so happy that I am playing at KSA because it has been the best soccer experience I have had, and the coaches at KSA have helped me to gain new skills and confidence that will carry me on into college.

Caleb Chastain: Committed to Union College

My name is Caleb Chastain, I am currently twenty-one years old. I always knew I wanted to play college soccer but because I was homeschooled and was already enrolled in Pellissippi State Community College I wasn’t sure if I would be able to. Before KSA was around I was training with coach Derek through the development academy at JLTA with the hopes of transferring to a four-year school to play college soccer. After taking a few months off from soccer during the summer, because I was to old for the super twenty team, I was looking online to see if the development academy was going to start back up when school started. When I found out that coach Derek was starting his own academy, Knoxville Soccer Academy, I immediately contacted coach Derek to see if I could join the academy. I started playing for KSA in August of 2012. With KSA’s help I visited five different colleges, Carson Newman, Tusculum, Montreat, Milligan, and Union College. After visiting all of these colleges I narrowed it down to Montreat and Union College. I really enjoyed both schools but in the end I decided to sign with Union College. I believe if I would not have played for KSA my dream to play college soccer would not have come true. I am thankful for the opportunity I had at KSA and I’m really pleased with the overall experience and would recommend KSA to any player wanting to further their soccer career.