June 18, 2014

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MARTIN, Tenn. – Coming off the program’s second consecutive Ohio Valley Conference championship, the University of Tennessee at Martin soccer team has added five new signees to the 2014 fall roster. The signings boost a team which has won two regular season and OVC tournament titles in the last three years.

Skyhawk head coach Phil McNamara has announced the signings of Eva Heller, Olivia Bohlman, Deborah Schaudt, Kaci Mitchell and Taylor Fry. All five will enter the 2014 season as freshmen to the UT Martin program.

McNamara on Signing Class: “I would like to start by thanking my assistant, Leslie Gillies, and former graduate assistant, Chris Penn, in their effort and support in the recruitment of these outstanding student athletes.  It really has been a team effort on this class and we are very proud to present them to you.”

“I think the theme of this class over any of our previous classes to this point is that it provides specific players for specific required positions for our team. As a coaching staff we were able to concentrate on certain positions that needed improving and replacing important assets, player for player, that we lost to graduation.  Looking at the class it offers a positive impact in close to every position on the field.  We are excited to add this class to our program.”

Eva Heller, F/D, 5-4, Clausdorf, Germany (Sportgymnasium Neubrandenburg)

Heller joins the Skyhawks from Sportgymnasium Neubrandenburg where she played midfielder. Heller is a decorated international player who led her team to the state cup in 2010-11 before winning the cup once again in 2011-12 and the state tournament. In the 2012-13 season, Heller played in Germany’s third league. 

McNamara on Heller: “Eva will offer great versatility as a player for our program. She is a great athlete that will provide an exciting contribution to our team either as an outside forward or as an outside defender.  We expect Eva to compete for one of our outside forward positions, which is the position we watched her play in the recruiting process.  Eva offers three major assets that any college coach loves to see from a player, which is excellent movement off the ball, determination to attack defenders and aggressive ability to go to goal and score goals.  I think Eva can provide an example to our team that we are looking to play in order to score goals and goals win games.”

Heller on UTM: “I choose UTM because I met Coach McNamara who told me of all the good things and advantages like the ranking of UTM.”

Olivia Bohlman, F, 5-2, Franklin, Tenn. (Centennial HS)

Bohlman comes from Centennial High School where she was a center forward and captain for the Lady Cougars. Throughout her four year prep career, Bohlman scored 60 goals and recorded 45 assists. She was named All-District 11-AAA as a junior and senior. She also earned the CHS Offensive Player of the Year award in 2011, 2012 and 2013 in addition to winning the Coach’s Award for most valuable player her junior and senior years. 

At the club level Bohlman has played on the Tennessee Futbol Club, Brentwood Soccer Club and the combined Tennessee Soccer Club. She was named Brentwood Soccer Club Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012. She has made the Olympic Development Program state team in 2010, 2011 and 2012, and was selected to the ODP Region 3 Pool in 2011. She led the Tennessee Soccer Club to two second place finishes at state while runner-up finishes as the Disney Showcase in consecutive years.

McNamara on Bohlman: “Olivia is an exciting forward that will work to make things happen both for herself and her teammates. I love her work rate. She enjoys running and making it difficult for defenders by offering good pressure.  A player that is eager to attack defenders and always looking to score goals.  Olivia is a busy and quick forward that every defender hates to defend against.  The challenge for Olivia will be adapting to play against the bigger, stronger and fastest college athletes.  Olivia is a player that plays with passion and will cherish the challenge of college soccer.”

Bohlman on UTM: “I loved the smaller to medium size of the campus when I visited. It has good academics, wonderful sports programs and an easy to talk to staff.”

Deborah Schaudt, D/F, 5-7, Ettenheim, Germany (Gymnasium Ettenheim)

Schaudt joins the Skyhawks after winning back-to-back South German championships in 2009-10 and 2010-11. She was a member of the All Star all-state team before playing for SC Freiburg in the U17 Bundesliga, the highest league in Germany, in 2012-13. 

McNamara on Schaudt: “Deborah will be either a defensive central midfielder or defensive central defender. Deborah is that smooth, cool, calm and collected style player.  She is regarded as a play maker with great vision, is very mature and sophisticated.  We expect Deborah to improve our knowledge of the game with her ability to see the field and dictate how we want to play as a team. Excellent possession and distribution skills are Deborah's assets as a player. We expect Deborah to make an immediate positive impact on our program and our ability to remain a conference championship team.”

Schaudt on UTM: “I chose UTM because of its very good reputation. I watched videos showing the campus of the university and I was fascinated. I think that I can combine playing soccer with studying there very well and as I was told, there is a qualified study course of business studies helping me reach the decision to attend UTM in fall 2014. Above all, I believe that I can have a great time there.”

Kaci Mitchell, D, 5-7, Oak Ridge, Tenn. (Oak Ridge HS)

Mitchell joins the Skyhawks after a decorated prep career at Oak Ridge High School. Mitchell was awarded all-district three times, all-region on two occasions and all-state after being a two-year letterman. She was named to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association all-state soccer team.  She led the Wildcats to district championships as both a junior and senior while being named Best Defensive Player and Defender of the Year in both seasons.  

McNamara on Mitchell: “Kaci will strengthen our defensive unit immediately. She can play either in the middle or on the outside of the defense.  She is a big time athlete that will offer a strong presence on the field with her pace, tackling ability and basic aggressiveness to compete. Kaci is a typical NCAA Division I player, big, strong and fast. Having enjoyed many different sports throughout high school, Kaci is improving her possession of the ball and general understanding of the game week to week.  I see Kaci being very successful in the Ohio Valley Conference and a player that will support our conference title quest year to year.”

Mitchell on UTM: “I chose UTM because I love the location and all the people that go there. When I came on my visit, the team was more than welcoming. I loved the coach and how nice the team was. It just felt right being there."

Taylor Fry, MF/D, 5-7, Cynthiana, Ky. (Harrison County HS)

Fry comes from Harrison County High School where she was a standout at both the center midfielder and defensive positions along with running track. Fry led the Thorobreds to back-to-back district championships in 2012 and 2013 while being named to the all-region tournament team in both years. She also took home all-state second team honors as a senior. 

McNamara on Fry: “Taylor is that playmaker that every championship team needs if they are to play possession style soccer.  Taylor enjoys the space between the defense and the midfield to connect passes and dictate the direction and style of play.  A player that is always looking to have an impact on the game and appreciates the benefit of making short passes in the early stages of possession.  A player with good vision and ability to make difference making passes to win games. If Taylor can handle the physical battle required in the college game, she will prove to be a great asset to our team.”

Fry on UTM: “From the start I felt like I was already a part of the team and that I found a home for the next four years that I could accomplish so much academic and athletically. UTM is where I want to start my journey.”

UT Martin has notched its best three seasons in program history in 2011-13, breaking 19 school records en route to a 28-21-6 combined record for a .564 winning percentage. The Skyhawks have enjoyed a 27-6-1 OVC record (.809 winning percentage) in the past three years. This past year, the team broke the OVC all-time record for the most consecutive titles with four championships (two regular season and two OVC Tournament championships).

The 2014 signing class will start their UT Martin careers with a home game against Atlantic-10 foe Saint Louis on Aug. 22 at 7 p.m.

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