Season Outlook (2012-2013)
The 2012 season will be one marked by transition for the Clearwater men's soccer program. However, with seventeen returning players from the 2011 third-ranked
Cougar squad, the prospects for Clearwater soccer in the coming year look very promising. Former player and assistant coach Sam Greeley will take over the helm
as head coach following James Whitaker's departure to Columbia International University. Patrick Sweeney will bring a wealth of professional playing and coaching
experience to Clearwater soccer as the program's new Technical Director.
Ten of the seventeen returners will be making the step up from freshman to sophomore, and much of the success of the season will depend on the maturation of this
class. Ben Holmes will be the lone returning defender, while James Sikes and Johnathan Moore return with a year of starting experience in the midfield. Dean-Paul
Wallace, Riley Tuininga, and Chad Broussard are expected to contribute to an improved attack for Clearwater.
Seniors Anthony DeRosse, Drew Custer, John Woodhall, and Brian Chidarikire are going to be counted on to provide leadership and direction for the program in the
upcoming season. DeRosse, a three-time NSCAA and NCCAA All-American goalkeeper, will anchor the defense for the Cougars. Following a season that saw him gain
2nd team NCCAA All-American honors, Drew Custer will provide the ability to spark the attack from multiple positions. Woodhall and Chidarikire give the Clearwater
midfield stability and experience.
While there may be questions about how the program will handle this year of transition, expect the Cougars to be in the mix on the national stage at the end of
Schedules and Scores
Playing soccer in college is such a gift that God has given me. I love playing soccer. Even before Christ saved me, soccer was my
escape when things were rough in my life. It was everything to me. But now that God has so gloriously captivated my life, He's letting
me use my love for soccer to help me love Him more. I always think ahead to the future, and I just know that some of my best college
memories will be from playing. God has also taught me so much through playing. Probably the biggest thing being, to just step back and
realize that every game could be of eternal significance, if I would just play it that way. To play for Him. Lessons, life long
friendships, and good times.