CONWAY, S.C. - Coastal Carolina's men's soccer team announced the signing of nine student-athletes for the 2006-2007 school year, head coach Shaun Docking announced this morning (Feb. 6). Coming to Coastal in the fall is Kris Banghart (Fort Collins, Colo./Fort Collins), Ryan Black (Calhoun, Ga./Calhoun), Michael Bolt (Henderson, Tenn./Hendersonville), Mitchell Breedlove (Brandon, Fla./Riverview), Matt Corrado (Schaumburg, Ill./Conant), Jason Keever (Trinity, N.C./Wesleyan Christian), Phillip Latham (Annandale, Va./Falls Church), Riley Phelps (Peachtree City, Ga./Starrs Mill) and Drew Repsher (East Stroudsburg, Pa./East Stroudsburg South).
Banghart, a defender, led Fort Collins to a 5A state title his senior season. For the year he scored three goals and tallied two assists, including a goal in the state championship game. The four-year letter winner in soccer also played for the club team Colorado Real, which won state and regional titles and placed second in the nation last season.
Black, a goalkeeper, was a four-year starter in goal for the Calhoun Jackets, leading his squad to a second place finish in the state tournament as a freshman and to the regionals as a junior. He was named Rome All-Area as a freshman and received honorable mention in each of the past two years. He carries a 3.46 grade point average in Calhoun's college prep curriculum.
Bolt, a forward, was a member of the Hendersonville soccer program in each of his first three years as well as being part of the club team TNFC '88. TNFC '88 were regional finalists and Raleigh champions last season. As junior at Hendersonville, Bolt tallied 21 goals and had 25 assists. For his efforts he was named All State, All Mid-State, All-County, All-District, as well as being named the Most Valuable Offensive Player in the district.
Breedlove, a defender, was a four-year varsity soccer player at Riverview, and has been a starter on his 6A team since his freshman season. Breedlove was an All-State selection in his senior season and voted the Defensive Player of Year and Scholar-Athlete for his high school in each of the last two seasons. He also plays for the club team the Brandon Flames '88. The Brandon Flames captain last season was voted the Most Valuable Player and All-State for defense this year. He has a grade point average of 3.90 at Riverview, which is in the top-10 percent of his class.
Corrado, a forward from Contant, was a two-year varsity soccer player who helped lead his team to the final eight in the state of Illinois his freshman year and was named honorable mention All-Conference as a sophomore. He played for the Sockers FC in 2004 and 2005 and helped them to the Dallas Cup Semifinals in 2005.
Keever, a midfielder, played for Wesleyan Christian his senior year as he was named First Team All-Conference, as well as being named the best offensive player in the conference. As a senior, he tallied 26 goals and 21 assists. He was selected as the Region 2 and PACIS Player of the Year. The All-State member was also part of the Greensboro News and Record First Team, NCSCA All-State team and was an NCSAA All-American. He led his team to the 2005 3A NCISAA State Championship.
Latham, a goalkeeper, was a three-year varsity soccer player for Falls Church. He currently plays for Annandale United, who were the undefeated NCSL Division I Champions in the fall of 2005. He led the United to the State Cup semifinals with seven shutouts and a goals against average of .941 in the fall of 2005. He also was a varsity letterwinner in basketball for each of the last two seasons.
Phelps, a forward/midfielder, is a four-year varsity soccer player for Starrs Mill. As a junior, he led the team to the Region 4 AAAAA Championship with 12 goals and 14 assists. In the first three years of his high school career, he has totaled 46 goals and 43 assists. Phelps served as the captain for the AFC Lightning, who placed second in the Georgia State Classic One, and were one of the finalists for the ODP Nationals in Plano, Texas in 2005. He played on the same high school team as Coastal defender Wesley Kent.
Repsher, a midfielder, was four-year varsity soccer player for East Stroudsburg South. He was First Team All-Mountain Valley District as a senior and voted the Most Offensive Player in the district each of the last two years. He has played for the FC Delco Crunch, who have been the Pennsylvania State Champions the last six years and have consistently been ranked among the top-five teams nationally in the United States.
"I'm very excited about this new class we have coming in," head coach Shaun Docking commented. "It is a very well balanced class, as a lot of these guys will have the opportunity to see playing time right away. I feel they will really add to the competitiveness of the team as we make a bid for our sixth straight NCAA Tournament appearance."
Coastal men's soccer team (11-9, 5-2 Big South) is coming off a 2005 season where it won its third consecutive Big South Tournament and made it to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth consecutive season and seventh season overall.