Central, SC - Head Coach Josh Quarandillo and the SWU Men's Soccer program is excited to welcome the 2019 class. Joining the Warriors are Christian Boulton, Steven Wilson, William Hughes, Buddy Ferguson, Alex Miner, Noah Sims, and Jose Rangel.
Christian Boulton- Christian is from Greenville, South Carolina and a recent graduate of Greer Middle College Charter High School. He enters Southern Wesleyan University as a freshmen with already 45 college credits completed. In addition to his strong academics, he has also been successful on the soccer field. He was an All-Region player that also received the Blazer Award for his attitude, character, and leadership both on and off the field. Caleb Davis, Christian's high school coach commented, "He [Christian] served as a captain both last year and this year leading us to the two most successful seasons in program history and to the Upper State Semi-finals of the 2A state playoffs both years." Coach Quarandillo also commented, "When I saw Christian play I quickly noticed his leadership on the field, game intelligence, and organizational skills in the back. I look forward to seeing these qualities continue to develop at the next level. I'm also excited about what he will bring to SWU off the field with his commitment to his ministry and academics."
Christian's Words: "I am thrilled to be coming to SWU! I've already met so many amazing people and that just makes me even more excited to be a part of what's going on here at SWU."
Steven Wilson- Steven is from Hodges, South Carolina. He was a four-year honor roll student at Greenwood Christian School. In addition to being awarded the PC Scholar and Chick-Fil-A Leadership Awards, Steven was also a 5-year varsity soccer player. He received the MVP Award after finishing his senior year with 14 goals and 7 assists. His high school coach, David Harrell commented, "The catalyst that carried us with confidence to go into the playoffs was Steven's attitude and work ethic." Coach Quarandillo added, "I had the privilege of watching Steven play a few times during his senior year. He works hard, supports his team, and remains highly involved throughout the game. He will make a good addition to what we are building within our program here at SWU."
Steven's Words: "I am excited with the opportunity to accept this athletic privilege and challenge of pushing myself to the next level; but I am more excited to be a part of a welcoming family who is going to push me physically, mentally, and most importantly spiritually."
William Hughes- Will is from Rochester, New York and is a recent graduate of Fairport High School. He was the second string goalkeeper as a sophomore during his team's run to the state playoffs where they finished second. As a senior he was awarded 1st Team All-County and 2nd Team All-Area for the Greater Rochester Area. He allowed just 3 goals in 14 games with 9 clean sheets. He had the second lowest goals against average in the Western New York Region. For Will's outstanding leadership skills he was awarded the Spark Plug award by his coach, Gianni Bussani. Coach Bussani commented, "Will's presence on the field and quality of character are second to none, and his presence in practice and in games made the team better." Coach Quarandillo commented, "In Will's recruitment videos I was impressed with his strength and accuracy of his distributions. When he came on campus for a tryout I was impressed with his composure as he jumped right in with the other keepers. His confidence and commitment to the team will make him a wonderful addition to the SWU family." Will plans to study Religion with a Youth Ministry concentration and a Worship Arts minor.
Will's Words: "I couldn't have even dreamed of the opportunities that I have been blessed with here. Being able to play college soccer is incredible, and I can't wait to see what God has in store for me and my teammates. Proverbs 27:17 says, 'as iron sharpens iron so one person sharpens another.' I am looking forward to these next few years with such amazing people at SWU."
Buddy Ferguson- Buddy is from Winston-Salem, North Carolina and is a recent graduate of Mount Tabor High School. As a freshman he was Rookie of the Year and was the leading goal scorer his junior year. He is a four year All-Conference soccer player that also received All-Region honors his sophomore, junior, and senior years. Buddy is both a two-time captain and Defensive Player of the Year for his high school team. In addition to his success on the field he has also been successful in the classroom. He is a member of the National Honor Society and finished with a 3.8 GPA. Coach Quarandillo was able to watch Buddy play and commented, "Buddy's physical presence and strength on the field is obvious, but what makes Buddy special and makes me just as excited is his commitment to others. I saw this with his team and when I had the privilege of meeting his wonderful family. I look forward to seeing how Buddy will bring these attributes to our program now that he has joined the Warrior family."
Buddy's Words: "I'm very excited to be able to spend the next four years of my life at such an amazing school. Having the opportunity to play at SWU and further my faith and career is a dream come true."
Alex Miner- Alex is from Greenwood, South Carolina and is a recent graduate of Greenwood Christian School, and member of the North Side Baptist Church. He served as captain of his high school soccer team and led the team in both goals and assists. He has received both All-State and All-Region honors. Jamie Ramm, Director of Coaching with Lakeland Toros commented, "He [Alex] is a great kid who just wants to learn and be the best he can be. He's highly motivated to succeed and committed to his game both in an individual and team environment." Coach Quarandillo added, "I've seen Alex play and was very impressed with his strength and commitment to his team. He makes others around him better with his never-give-up attitude. I am fully confident that Alex will be a successful Warrior both on and off the field."
Alex's Words: "I decided to attend Southern Wesleyan because I wanted to be part of a family that strives to be the best both on and off the field. SWU is the perfect place for me to grow stronger as a quality athlete, student, and person, surrounded by a Christian community that truly cares for me."
Noah Sims- Noah is from Auburndale, Florida and is a recent graduate of Auburndale High School. The two-time Ledger Boys Soccer Player of the Year led the Auburndale Bloodhounds to the 2019 4A State Championship. Finishing the season with 30 goals and 25 assists helped him to receive the Florida 4A Player of the Year Award. Noah was also named the 2018 and 2019 Polk County Mens Soccer Player of the Year, and the 2019 Polk Prep Male Athlete of the Year. He was named 2019 Florida's Mr. Soccer. Guy Jennings, the coach at Auburndale remarked, "He puts more shots on frame than any player I've seen. It doesn't just happen, however. He works at his game. He puts in the time. He's just a real dedicated player." Coach Quarandillo commented, "I am extremely excited to be Noah's next coach. He has represented his high school team with distinction and I am confident that he will represent SWU and our soccer program with the same level of excellence. Noah joins a large class of incoming freshmen that I am confident will adjust quickly to the college game and make a significant impact on our program."
Noah's Words: "I plan to study Exercise Science at SWU. I chose SWU because I felt like it was the best place for me to grow as a person on and off the field."
Jose Rangel- Jose is a Dean's List transfer from Wiley College in Marshall, Texas. Originally from Alamo, Texas, Jose was a 3-year varsity player for Donna High School. He was a 1st Team All-District 32 5A player and 2017 MVP. Jose is transferring to SWU after playing two seasons for Wiley. He is a 3.48 GPA Business Major that matches his academic qualities with his athletic abilities. Coach Quarandillo commented, "There are so many qualities about Jose that impressed me when I coached him at Wiley College. Both on and off the field he always gives his absolute best. In training and matches he works extremely hard physically and performs well technically. Off the field he demonstrates devotion and responsibility to family, work, and academics. He will make a great addition to the SWU family."
Jose's Words: "I am very thankful for this opportunity. This is really a whole new experience for me. I only saw pictures of SWU, which looked amazing, before I drove the 20 hours to get to SWU. Now that I am here, I see that it is even more amazing than the pictures. I am really excited."