MARTIN, Tenn. – With the start of preseason practice and regular season right around the corner, University of Tennessee at Martin soccer head coach Phil McNamara has finalized his roster for the 2017 campaign.
Looking to jump back into the conference championship conversation after a year of rebuilding, McNamara and staff used the offseason to fine tune a roster which includes a solid mixture of 11 returners and 12 newcomers. Maggie Burkett, Nicole Collins, Katelyn Colvin, MaKenzie Crawford, Danae Kaldaridou, Sara Ketis, Bianca McFarland, Amy McGivern, Kaci Mitchell, Alexius Thomas and Callie Thomas comprise the 11 returners. Meanwhile, the group of Alice Adams, Kamryn Chappell, Vanessa Dwumfour-Poku, Blare Gerido, Morgan Glaenzer, Jaden Hildreth, Jillian Hildreth, Ashley Levingston, Erica Myers, Miah Olaleye, Isabella Roberts and Jacalyn Schubring will make their Skyhawk debuts on the pitch this fall.
“We as a staff are eager to get started with this group,” said McNamara. “Following a highly disappoint 2016 season, we are ready for the challenge of the new season and a fresh start. We recruited hard in the offseason to add numbers to the squad, adding 12 quality players that will support the returning group. With a bigger roster this fall, it will create a more competitive practice environment and not one player is guaranteed a starting spot. This fresh crop of players will only help strength and improve the entire group. They will provide freshness and a new dimension to our style of play.”
“With the returning group now upperclassmen, we hope they will show our freshman what it takes to compete at the highest level and get back to winning ways,” continued McNamara. “The returners had a good spring that showed progress and maturity. We need the maturity to continue into the fall and display the discipline and patience to win games. The freshmen class we added is balanced with skill and athleticism which will provide us depth in every position which we have lacked the past two years.”
Alice Adams, MF, 5-5, Fr., Accrington, UK (Accrington & Rossendale College)
Adams brings an international touch to the Skyhawks as a native of Accrington, United Kingdom. A proven winner on the pitch, Adams has notched a national championship in 2016, as well as a Costa Brava (Spain) Cup win in 2015. Adams was a member of the Blackburn Rovers FC, leading her squad to an FA WLP Reserve Championship in 2016. The midfielder was selected as captain for the club season in 2016-2017. Adams formerly competed for England Colleges for the 2015-2016 season, while also competing Lancashire U14 team in 2012-2013 and U16 squad from 2013-2015.
Kamryn Chappell, D, 5-5, Fr., Flushing, Mich. (Flushing High School)
Chappell is a native of Flushing, Mich. where she was a multi-sport athlete for the Raiders. The defender was selected as a Second Team All-Conference member during her freshman and sophomore seasons. Away from the pitch, Chappell was a standout in basketball earning First Team All-Conference honors as a freshman and Second Team All-Conference honors as a sophomore. Chappell was named the captain for the Raider basketball team for her last three seasons of play. Chappell was a member of the Metro League Championship teams in the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 seasons. Academically, Chappell earned honor roll and high honors awards for her work in the classroom. At UT Martin, Chappell intends to pursue a degree in elementary education.
Vanessa Dwumfour-Poku, MF/F, 5-5, Fr., Mesquite, Texas (North Mesquite High School)
Poku makes her way to Martin having prepped at North Mesquite High School under head coach Steven Harvey. In addition to being selected as the offensive most valuable player for her squad, Poku was also named Second Team All-District and Academic All-District during her senior campaign. The midfielder/forward hybrid notched a team high eight goals in 2016. Poku was also a standout performer in the cross country and track programs for North Mesquite, competing in the 800m, 400m and the 4x4 relay for the Stallions. Academically, Poku was named to the National Honors Society for her work in the classroom and intends to major in nursing at UT Martin.
Blare Gerido, D, 5-8, Fr., Brentwood, Tenn. (Ravenwood High School)
Gerido was one of the most versatile players at the prep level in the 2017 class. During her time at Ravenwood High School under head coach Jose Londono, Gerido saw time at every position on the pitch but goalkeeper. Her individual accolades include being named to the All-District Team from 2015-2016, Mid-State First Team in 2015 and was tabbed District Defensive Player of the Year in 2015. Gerido was selected as the captain for the Raptors in the 2016 season, while winning the Raptor Reward for Defender of the Year in both 2015 and 2016. Under the leadership of Gerido, Ravenwood notched region championships from 2013-2015. In addition to her time as a Raptor, the Brentwood native also played for the Tennessee Club 1999 Girls Showcase claiming a championship in 2016. During her time with the club, Gerido also guided her team to a Region III semifinals appearances in 2015 and 2016 and a TNI Championship in 2016. Gerido is a member on a long list of family members who have enjoyed athletic success. Her uncle, Daryl Turner, attended Michigan State University before joining the National Football League’s Seattle Seahawks from 1984-1987. Gerido’s cousin Matthew Daniels played football at Duke before spending time at the professional level with the Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers and Jacksonville Jaguars. At UT Martin, Gerido intends to major in biology/pre-med.
Morgan Glaenzer, D, 5-6, Fr., Columbia, Ill. (Columbia High School)
Glaenzer is a proven champion leading Columbia High School to regional championships from 2014-2016. As a member of the Lou Fusz Brinker Angels, the defender captured the 2014 and 2015 Lou Fusz Midwest Cup. Glaenzer competed in the North Carolina CASL Tournament and SE College Showcase in 2015 while being selected as a semifinalist in the 2015 State Cup. In addition to being a standout on the pitch, the Columbia, Ill. native also lettered in bowling, leading her team to a regional championship in the 2013-2014 season. As a student-athlete at UT Martin Glaenzer intends to major in animal science.
Jaden Hildreth, D/F, 5-4, Fr., Germantown, Tenn. (Houston High School)
Hildreth joins her sister Jillian as signees headed to Martin in 2017. At Houston High School, Hildreth was a key part of the 2013 and 2015 state championship winning teams. She led her squad to All-Conference, All-District and All-Region championships from 2013-2016. Hildreth was named to the Best of the Preps in 2016 and 2017, while also earning Striker of the Year honors in 2014 and Defensive MVP honors in 2016. As a member of the Lobos Rush club team, Hildreth helped contribute to finishes as a state runner-up, regional runner-up and USYS National Competitor. Hildreth plans to pursue a degree in communications during her time with the Skyhawks.
Jillian Hildreth, F, 5-2, Fr., Germantown, Tenn. (Houston High School)
Hildreth, along with her sister Jaden, make their way to Martin out of Germantown, where the sisters were standouts for Houston High School. At one of the most successful programs in Tennessee, Hildreth helped lead her squad to district and regional championships from 2014-2016, as well as a state championship in 2015. For her efforts on the pitch, Hildreth was named to the Best of the Preps team in 2016 and 2016, while making an appearance on the All-Star team in 2016. During her prep career, she was named Rookie of the Year in 2014, while being selected as the Offensive MVP in 2015 and 2016. As a member of the Lobos Rush club team, Hildreth led her team to a state runner up and regional runner up finishes, while also competing as a USYS National Competitor. As a student-athlete, Hildreth intends to pursue a degree in business.
Ashley Levingston, F, 5-5, Fr., Indianapolis, Ind. (Cathedral High School)
Levingston heads to Martin out of Indianapolis, Ind. where she was a multi-sport athlete for the Irish. As a four year starter for the Cathedral High School soccer team, Levingston was named to the All-City team in 2016. A leader on the pitch, the forward guided her team to three consecutive city championships as well as sectional championships from 2013-2015. Levingston also lettered in basketball, gymnastics, track and field and dance while with the Irish. Levingston’s family has also enjoyed athletic success as her brother is a current football player at Indiana State University. Her uncle Jones Givens was a member of the basketball team at the University of Tennessee and grandfather Paul Levingston played basketball at North Carolina Central University. Academically, Levingston is a member of the National Honors Society and has earned high academic honors all four years at Cathedral.
Erica Myers, GK, 5-10, Fr., Holland, Ohio (Springfield High School)
A native of Holland, Ohio, Myers makes her way to Martin out of Springfield High School, where she played for Mike Gresko. As a member of the Blue Devils, Myers improved consistently every season claiming honors along the way. She was selected for Third Team All-League and Third Team All-District honors in 2013, while improving to Second Team All-League and Second Team All-District in 2014 and 2015. Myers produced her best season in her prep career as a senior earning First Team All-League and First-Team All-District accolades in for her stellar play in the 2016 season. In addition to her time on the pitch, Myers also was a standout on the basketball court where she played for head coach Keith McClure. As a student-athlete at UT Martin, Myers plans to major in biology.
Miah Olaleye, D, 5-5, Fr., Hamilton, N.J. (Notre Dame High School)
Olaleye makes her way to the Skyhawks all the way from New Jersey, where she was a standout athlete for Notre Dame High School. As one of the top defenders in her region, Olaleye garnered First Team All-Conference, First Team All-County and Honorable Mention All-State honors. As a member of the Irish, Olaleye helped guide her team to conference championships in both the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 seasons. The Hamilton, N.J. native was also a member of the 2015-2016 sectional and regional championship team, as she helped lead her squad to a second place finish in the New Jersey State Tournament. As a member of the Mercer FC club team, Olaleye took her squad to a second place finish in the NPL National Showcase in 2016. At UT Martin, Olaleye plans to pursue a degree in psychology.
Isabella Roberts, F/MF, 5-5, Fr., Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Siegel High School)
Roberts is a native of Murfreesboro where she was a primary contributor to the success of Siegel High School. During her prep career, Roberts led her team to multiple championships including a 2014 district championship, 2014 and 2016 district tournament championships, 2014 and 2015 region championships and helped her squad advance to the state tournament in 2014. Her individual accolades include All-District honors from 2014-2016, All-Area 2015-2016, All-Region 2015-2016 and All-State 2016. As a member of the Tennessee Soccer Club, Roberts earned First Team honors from 2013-2017, while also claiming First Team honors for the Tennessee Olympic Development team from 2011-2014. Roberts is also a standout performer in the classroom representing the National Honors Society, Beta Club and Beta Epsilon. While at UT Martin, Roberts plans to pursue a degree in physical therapy.
Jacalyn Schubring, MF/D, 5-8, Fr., Novi, Mich. (Novi High School
Schubring is another prospect out of the state of Michigan that will look to make an impact for the Skyhawks right away. The midfielder/defender hybrid brings a strong club pedigree to UT Martin, having been a member of the Michigan Hawks 99 Black club since 2013. During her time with the club, Schubring has guided her team to multiple championships including the U17 Fall MRL Championship in 2015 and the U17 MSYSA State Cup in 2016. The Novi High School product received the Varsity Team Athlete award in 2015 and the Scholar Athlete Award in 2014 for her work both on the pitch and in the classroom. Schubring is a member of the National Honors Society and also participated on the Novi High School track and cross country teams. During her time with the Skyhawks, Schubring plans to major in agricultural business.
McNamara and the Skyhawks will make their season debut on Friday, Aug. 18 when playing host to Marshall.