Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Griffis and Holt will join Coach Shinohara and the Tornados on the field

Brevard, N.C. - Brevard College Women’s Soccer Coach Shigeyoshi Shinohara is pleased to announce that Alexis Griffis and Maddison Holt have committed to come to Brevard and play on the 2012 Brevard College Tornados women’s soccer team.

Griffis comes to Brevard from Rowlett, Texas and Sachse High School where she played under Coach Kirsten Campbell. She was a member of the varsity soccer team at Sachse from 2008-2010 where she lined up at defender and centerback. From 2009, Griffis started 99 percent of all games she played in, and 90 percent of all games she played the full 90 minutes on the pitch. She was also an untitled captain for her club team, focusing more on club play after suffering an injury in her sophomore season at Sachse. With the club team, she played a major role in her teams’ successes in the Dallas Cup in both her junior and senior seasons, as well as the Texans hosted tournament in her senior year. Off the pitch, Griffis is graduating on the Distinguished Honors Graduation Plan. At Brevard, she plans on pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice as her future plans include earning a law degree and opening her own law firm. She is the daughter of Leigh and Greg Griffis.

"Alexis is one of the best defenders we have ever signed here in the history of the BC women’s soccer program," said Coach Shinohara. "She reads the game well, and with her great athletic ability and natural instincts, she will be a key player in our defensive line. A born leader both on and off the field, she will help the team and the players achieve their goals and successes."

Maddison or Maddi Holt, comes to Brevard from Cedar Park, Texas and Cedar Park High School where she played in the midfield under Coach Jennifer Womack. Holt led her club team's scoring efforts in the Fall 2011 season, leading the team in both goals scored and assists in her senior season. On the field, her club coaches describe Holt as an athletic and versatile player, who they believe can make an impact anywhere on the field. In addition to soccer, Holt also was a member of the Timberwolves Track team where she competed in the 400m, 800m and the 4x400 relay, earning an invitation to the Texas Relays in her freshman year. Off the pitch, Holt actively supports local youth organizations, including serving as a camp counselor for her church’s young women’s program, and as a soccer trainer for a recreational soccer club. She is daughter of Louise and Owen Holt, and has three siblings, two brothers and a sister.

"Maddi is the player we’ve been looking for, bringing great physical and athletic ability to the field, as well as a strong desire to do her best every game," said Coach Shinohara. "She is a very smart player, both on the field and in the classroom, and is always willing to go above and beyond what is asked of her, to both better herself and the team. As a coach, it makes me excited to bring a player of her character and caliber to the team."