Feb. 12, 2008
Indianapolis, Ind. - Men's soccer head coach Kelly Findley continued to build his roster around talented student-athletes from Indiana, as local stand-outs Matt Hedges, Ben Kissick and Scott Vail have each signed National Letters of Intent to attend Butler and play soccer beginning in the fall of 2008.
"We are very excited about this group of incoming players," Findley said. "Each of them brings a high level of talent and great character to our program. Butler has a rich tradition of academic and athletic excellence, and, because of that, we recruit character and integrity not just talented athletes."
Hedges, a 6-4, 190-pound defender from Carmel High School, guided his club team, the Indy Burn Eagles, to five state titles from 2002 to 2007. A member of the Indiana ODP State Team, he also helped his high school squad to the state championship and a perfect 25-0 slate in 2006 while earning all-state and all-conference recognition.
"Matt has great size, technique and reads the game very well," Findley said. "He will give us some great options across the back, and I am expecting him to come in and make an impact on our team and our league right away."
Kissick, a 6-2, 180-pound defender from Ben Davis High School, was an eight-year team captain for the Carmel United club team. He earned all-state and all-district honors as a two-year team captain for Ben Davis, where he set the single season record for goals scored.
"Ben possesses exceptional pace and athleticism and is an excellent individual defender," Findley commented. "He also has a first class work rate and commitment to being the best he can be, which will make him an integral part of our team over the next four years."
Vail, a 5-9, 165-pound midfielder, served as a captain for the Carmel United club team from 2004 to 2007. A member of the Indiana ODP State Team, he earned academic all-state honors as well as all-district and all-conference accolades while playing at New Palestine High School.
"Scott has a very good soccer mind," Findley said. "He will have a significant impact our program with his ability to read the game, his technical aspects and his strong work ethic.
"We expect each of these players to impact our program in the future," Findley continued, "not only because of their talent but their commitment to excellence, desire to succeed and high character on and off the field."