Brevard, N.C. - The Brevard College Athletic Department and Coach Shigeyoshi Shinohara are pleased to announce the first group of commitments for the 2010-2011 season which includes six signees.
Jamie Bundy, a midfielder from Platte City, Mo. comes to Brevard by way of Platte County High school where she was a four year varsity starter, and three year captain. Under Coach Brantly, she was named All-District and All-Conference, while earning the Golden Boot Award for notching the most assists. Coach Shinohara says he is very excited to have a player like Jamie on his team.
“I’m excited about the type of player she is. She is a skillful player and has a technical ability which we need in the midfield. She brings an upbeat and enthusiastic attitude that I think will continue to carry our team in the right direction.”
Off the field, Bundy achieved honor roll, and was a member of the Science Club, ECCLA, Fellow Christian Athletes, Recycling Committee, and was a freshman mentor.
Breanna McMahon, a defender, midfielder, and goalkeeper from Orlando, Fla. attended Freedom High School and Dr. Phillips High School. While attending Dr. Phillips, McMahon received the Varsity Coaches Award then went on to be varsity captain at Freedom High School.
McMahon was also honored with the "Courageous Player of the Year" Award 2009 from the Touchdown Club of Orlando and "Award of Excellence" from Orange County Public Schools for strength and perseverance in overcoming adversity following a tragic accident in which she lost her left leg. Coach Shinohara says he is moved by Breanna’s story and honored to have a player like her on his team.
“I am very sorry about what happened to Breanna but she shows great character and perseverance through this hard time. We believe she will be a great asset to this program and we are excited to have her."
Her story of perseverance and strength made national news and has inspired many. She has persevered and worked hard through her recovery so she can get back on the soccer field at Brevard College. Off the field she is a member of the National Honors Society and became the first hospital homebound student in the history of the program’s 25 years to receive AP and Honors level course instruction. To read more about Breanna’s story visit: www.orlandosentinel.com
Chrissy Moran, a goalkeeper from Franklin County, Va. attended Franklin County High School. Under Coach Moe Potter, Moran was a four-year varsity letterman and was named to the 1st Team All-District in both her junior and senior years and is also a member of the National Honor Society. Coach Shinohara says Crissy is athletic and talented and will bring a high level of competitiveness to the field at Brevard.
“I’m very happy about the level of goalkeepers we have returning and coming in. Crissy is very competitive and will force the defensive line to compete at a higher level. She comes from a good soccer club and is super athletic and extremely talented.”
Lindsay Pritchard, a defender from Lexington, N.C. attended North Davidson High School where she was a four year varsity starter. Pritchard holds the record for fewest goals allowed in a single season, and was the high school Defensive Player of the Year three years straight. She was All-Region in 2009, All-Conference 4A Central Piedmont Conference for three straight years. Coach Shinohara believes Lindsay will have an immediate impact on the team in the defensive line replacing the defenders lost from last year.
“I’m happy Lindsay chose Brevard even though she had offers from other schools. She offers a lot at the defender position and can help excel our team to the next level. She is an extremely committed and dedicated soccer player and we’re very excited to have her.”
Off the field, Pritchard is a member of Student Council and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Abigail Rusch, a defender from Franklin, N.C. attended Franklin High, where she received All-Conference honors three consecutive years, All- Region her Junior year, and was team MVP two straight years. Rusch also played basketball while making A-B Honor Roll at Franklin High. Abigail is another defender that Coach Shinohara is excited to welcome to Brevard.
“I’m absolutely thrilled she is coming to Brevard. She has huge potential to become one of the best defenders to ever play in our program. Not only is she a physical presence on the field, but she also has a great skill set, and we expect great things from her in our defensive line.”
Brittany Webster, a goalkeeper from Stafford, Va. attended Brooke Pointe High School. She was named Super-Y ODP National All-Tournament Team in 2007, Virginia ODP All-District honorable mention in 2006 and 2007, and was named Goalkeeper Commonwealth District in 2009. Off the field Webster, a honor roll student, has received awards for service, accumulating over 150 hours of community service, as well as receiving recognition for Achievement in Journalism, and is the Hawkeye Newspaper Business Manager and Senior Editor. Coach Shinohara says Brittany brings even more competition to the goalkeeper position.
“Brittany has potential to be a great player at this level because of her tremendous work ethic. This will push other players to compete and help bring the team to the next level. She loves soccer and works hard both on and off the field. I’m really excited to see her work ethic and strong character on the field.”
Coach Shinohara is looking to build upon the 2009 season in which the Tornados went 6-12-1 and received a bid to the South Atlantic Conference Tournament for the first time in the school’s history, losing to Carson-Newman in the Quarterfinals.