February 12, 2014

Duffy signs seven for 2014

BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University head women's soccer coach Simon Duffy has announced the program's signees for 2014. The Tornado have inked seven signees that will be on campus next fall and ready to compete for time in 2014.

"This is a very strong recruiting class. We are very excited about this group of girls and what they will bring both to our soccer program and to the institution," Duffy commented. "We only lost three seniors this past fall and these additions will undoubtedly bring a wealth of talent to the squad. It will provide a very competitive environment in training and of course healthy competition for starting places. Not only are they fantastic additions on the field, they are going to achieve great things in the classroom. On top of these seven, we will have Catherine Walsh available after redshirting this past year, and the return of Kendyl Baird to the squad. This could add nearly 10 new players to our squad from last year and we will be ready to compete for a conference championship in the fall."

Haley Cook, Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.
Satellite High School
5-8, Midfield
Club Team: Spacecoast United Elite U18
Parents: Doug and Candi Cook

The Indian Harbour Beach, Fla., native started for coach Ryan Weldon's varsity team all four years during her high school career. She was the rookie of the year as a freshman, team MVP and then captained her team to a 16-4-2 record during her senior campaign on route to making their second appearance in the regional semifinals. In club soccer, Cook played for coaches Mike and Rosie Lord at Spacecoast United Elite. Her club team competed in the National Premier League and finished as runners-up in the prestigious Disney College Showcase. Haley is also a National Honor Society member and the Wendy's High School Heisman winner. Additionally Cook gained varsity letters in lacrosse, golf, and swimming.

"Haley was first identified at our Winter ID camp last February after being one of the best performers on show that day," commented Duffy. "She is a very strong, composed player who has a good range of passing. She has seen great levels of success with both her high school and club teams and will come to King very well prepared to compete straight away. Haley is also a brilliant student. She will be joining our Honors program here at King and we look for her to excel both athletically and academically during her time with us."

Olivia Drake, Carmel, Ind.
Guerin Catholic High School
5-7, Goalkeeper
Club Team: Carmel United Soccer Club
Parents:  Kim & Joyce

Drake joins the Tornado after a stellar high school and club soccer career. She has been a four year varsity starter at Guerin Catholic and led her team to the 2010 Indiana state championship match. Throughout her high school career she has earned All-District, All-State honors, was nominated for the north-south game and the Indiana High School Coaches Association team in 2013. She has played club soccer at the highest level in the country playing with Carmel United of the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL).

"Olivia will bring with her a wealth of playing experience at the highest level of club soccer in the country. She is a very brave and technically solid goalkeeper with good size who commands her goal area well," Duffy stated. "We expect Olivia to make a very smooth transition from club and high school soccer to the college game. She is also a very bright, hard-working student. She will be one of five signees this year joining the Honors program while being in our prestigious nursing program and we know she will fully embrace the challenges ahead of her. We are definitely excited to have her on board."

Miranda Smith, Soddy Daisy, Tenn.
Soddy Daisy High School
5-7, Forward
Club Team: Chattanooga Futbol Club
Parents: Greg and Lisa Smith

 

The Soddy Daisy, Tenn., native has had four years of high school experience garnering Offensive MVP honors at a county and regional level. She was also nominated as Soddy Daisy's team MVP. In addition, Smith has played club soccer under the guidance of Coach Patrick Winecoff at Chattanooga Futbol Club where she has seen great success in recent years.

"Miranda is a very exciting addition to the team this year," Duffy said. "Her speed, athleticism and danger in the attacking third will add an exciting dimension to our front line. We are fortunate to have landed Miranda after her gaining vast interest from around the region and we are thankful to Coach Winecoff for that. We will look for her to make an immediate impact as a freshman and are eager to see her in action this fall."


Kara Garrett, Abingdon, Va.
Abingdon High School
5-6, Midfield
Club Team: HCSA, North Carolina
Parents: Ted and Carroll Garrett

Garrett joins the program after stellar high school and club careers. The Abingdon, Va., native has travelled around the region to allow herself the opportunity to play at the highest level in the club game. A three-time all-conference, All-Region, and All-District player at Abingdon High School, Kara opted to play club soccer during the spring of her junior year. She has played her club soccer locally with Fusion FC, FC Dallas TRI, and most recently HCSA in Boone, N.C. under the guidance of Kiki Wallace. Kara has also been a Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina Olympic Development Program (ODP) player. She has also been recognized at Region 3 level and will look to bring the experience of playing among the nation's most elite players to King.

"Kara is natural born winner. She has extremely high expectations of herself and of her teammates," Duffy stated. "She is a technically gifted midfield player who also has the ability to play further forward in the attack. Her first touch, range of passing and tenacity to get from box to box allows her to dictate games from the center of midfield. We anticipate Kara to have an immediate impact on the King soccer program. She is also a very good student boasting a 3.9 GPA and will be another of our 2014 class joining our Honors program. We are delighted Kara has signed with us for this coming fall."

Alexa Krug, Canton, Mich.
Inter-City Baptist High School
5-6, Center Back
Club Team: Canton Celtics
Parents: Thomas Krug and Angela Story-Krug

 

The Canton, Mich., native is no stranger to King as her mother, Angela, was a member of Hall of Fame coach Susie Toomey's very successful volleyball program and her uncle, Brandon Story is a popular professor with the King student body. Krug's athletic accolades span across soccer, volleyball and basketball. Her club experience with the Canton Celtics coupled with her experience playing in men's leagues stands her in good stead for the college game.

"Alexa is a great addition to our 2014 class. She is extremely athletic and is very professional in her approach towards soccer," said Duffy. "She is solid player who will add depth to our strong back line. She has been to campus several times through her family ties to the school and we know that she will fit in perfect with the direction we are trying to take this program.  Alexa's academic preparation at Inter-City Baptist will also set her up to succeed at the classroom here at King. We are excited for Alexa to be joining us this fall."

Erin Jennings, Smyrna, Tenn.
Middle Tennessee Christian School
5- 5, Outside Back
Club Team: SRFC Lady Rapids
Parents names: Clay and Jean Jennings 

Jennings joins the Tornado from Middle Tennessee Christian School where she has seen success on many different levels. A four year starter and a captain of her high school team, Erin was named All-District in 2010 and 2012. During her sophomore year in 2011 she was named to the 11A/AA All-tournament team while being named Offensive MVP. Erin was also voted by the Daily News Journal as an All-Area player in both 2011 and 2012. During her senior campaign Jennigs was voted the 9A/AA District Defensive MVP while gaining the same award for the MTCS high school team. In her club soccer career, she has won a Tennessee state championship and currently plays for SRFC Lady Rapids who are currently ranked sixth in the state.  In addition to a stellar soccer career, Jennigs will graduate from MTCS Valedictorian.

"Erin perfectly embodies the characteristics of a true student-athlete," commented Duffy. "Her academic accomplishments speak for themselves but she also comes to King well prepared to compete for playing time in the back line. She is strong in the tackle, comfortable in possession and reads the game well. We are excited to see the impact Erin has on our campus both in the classroom and on the field."

Reagan Dempsey, Smyrna, Tenn.
Blackman High School
5-10, Center Midfield
Club Team: SRFC Lady Rapids
Parents: Gary and Mary Katherine Dempsey

The Smyrna, Tenn., native has played varsity soccer since her freshman year and tallied 28 goals and 41 assists in her four year career. Dempsey captained the Blackman squad during her senior campaign and since 2010, has led the team to an impressive 47-19-7 record. In 2012 Blackman were District 7AAA and Region 4AAA finalists. During the 2013 season Dempsey was named 1st team All-District and selected to the Daily News Journal All-Area second team. Throughout her 10 year club career, Dempsey has almost always served as a team captain. She was a 2007 Tennessee state champion, 2011 Tennessee state finalist, 2012 Region 3 Cup Finalist and her team currently sit in sixth place in the state rankings.

"We are very excited to have signed a player of Reagan's caliber," Duffy said. "She is a tall, powerful athlete who we can see playing in multiple positions for us. Her knowledge of the game, combined with her technical ability will set her up to compete for a starting place right away. Her success at both the club and high school level also speak volumes about her leadership ability. As for her academics, they are absolutely brilliant. She scored magnificently on the ACT and has a 4.0 GPA. She is another one of our newcomers who will be joining the Honors program."