James C. Gentle Head Coach of Men's Soccer Rudy Fuller has brought in a group which includes three defenders, two midfielders, a forward and a goalkeeper. The class comes from all corners of the United States - including players from Oregon and Alabama.
"I believe that this will prove to be an outstanding class for Penn soccer," Fuller said. "There is a lot of depth and balance to this group. It is a talented class that should make an immediate impact on out team. There is a tremendous character to them and they have a wealth of experience."
One word that comes to mind when thinking of the seven men set to start a new chapter in the history of Penn soccer is 'winning'. Each member of the recruiting class has won at the club and high school level, totaling seven state and regional club championships and 20 league, district or state crowns in high school.
Another quality found throughout this group is leadership. Six of the seven incoming players captained their squads in high school, while the seventh led by example as he scored the game-winning goal in the state final.
"My assistant, Rob Irvine, did a fantastic job in identifying these young men for our program and his efforts have paid off in a big way once again," Fuller said. "These student-athletes have succeeded on and off the field and will be a great addition to the greater Penn community."
Individually, the class has received numerous on-field honors. Included in the list of awards are a Gatorade Alabama State Player of the Year finalist, one second-team ESPN All-America and an NSCAA/adidas High School All-America. Each player has participated in Olympic Development Programs and many have traveled outside the United States to train and compete.
In addition to accomplishments inside the lines, Fuller's recruits have excelled in the classroom and in the community. Two students who were both National Merit Finalists and National AP Scholars are headed to University City as well as a National Merit Commended Student. Penn may be one of few clubs in the country which can boast the musical talent found in this recruiting class, with a Berklee College of Music Jazz Festival first-place trombonist and a lead trumpet in an Honors Concert Band. When not leading teams to state titles or making music at a high level, this group as found time to give back in the community, tutoring fellow students, refereeing and coaching youth soccer and volunteering with the Special Olympics and at local hospitals.
"Each of them is extremely passionate about Penn Soccer and I think our fans will appreciate what they bring to our team," said Fuller. "I expect this class to blend nicely with our returning group to form a very competitive side for this season. We've set high goals for ourselves this year, and I am confident that we have the team to achieve them."
McQuaid Jesuit HS/Fairport, N.Y.
High School: Played club soccer with Empire United Development Academy and Rochester Jr. Rhinos ... Three-time state cup finalist with the Rhinos ... Named US Soccer Academy Player of the Week (Mar. 27, 2010) ... Participated in ODP (2006-07) ... Five-time letterwinner in high school ... Captained team final two seasons ... Led team to sectional championship in 2009, earning Finals MVP and all-tournament honors ... NSCAA/adidas High School All-America (2009) ... First-team All-State (2009) ... City Catholic Player of the Year (2009) ... Section Five Player of the Year (2009) ... Regional All-America (2008) ... Second-team All-State (2008) ... Four-time first-team All-Catholic ... Tree-time first-team All-Greater Rochester (2007-09) ... Honorable mention All-Greater Rochester (2006) becoming first ninth grader selected to team ... Led McQuaid Jesuit in scoring all four years, leading Section Five in senior season with 55 points (42g, 13a) ... Finished career with 162 points (118g, 44a), setting new school records in points, goals and assists ... 42 goals his senior season established new school single-season record ... Set school record for points in a game with five goals and five assists ... Honor Roll student ... Class Officer ... Served as student ambassador on McQuaid Jesuit Steering Committee, an honor chosen by the faculty.
Personal: Son of Colleen and John Baker ... Father played soccer at SUNY-Geneseo ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Fuller on Baker
"Stephen is one of the top forwards in the 2010 class and is proven goalscorer. He can score in a variety of ways and is a constant threat in the attack. He was one of the top scorers in the country this past season in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy with his Empire United Academy team. I expect big things and continued improvement from him in the years ahead. He should make an immediate impact on our team this year."
Lower Merion HS/Wynnewood, Pa.
High School: Three-year member of the Region I ODP team ... In 2008-09 season, travelled with Regional ODP team to Costa Rica, German and South Africa ... Played club for Lower Merion Velez ... Twice won State Cup titles with his club team (2004, 2008) ... Captured regional title in 2008 ... Made two appearances at Nationals (2008-09) ... Captained Lower Merion Velez from 2009-10 ... Four-year letterwinner at Lower Merion High School ... Captained team his senior season ... Helped team to four Central League titles ... District 1 champions (2007) ... First-team All-Southeastern PA (2009) ... First-team All-Central League (2009) ... First-team All-Mainline (2009) ... First-team All-Area (2009) ... Named team Defensive and Overall MVP (2009).
Personal: Son of Jennifer Greenbaum and Simon Dolezal ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Fuller on Dolezal
"Jonny is certainly one of the best defenders in the country, but he's also probably one of the best kept secrets. Fortunately for us, he's a local product that played club ball outside of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. Jonny is an exceptional athlete and a fierce defender that is also very comfortable coming forward to join the attack. He played for the Lower Merion Velez that is coached byMiguel Nuila and helped lead them to the 2009 National Championship. I expect him to contribute right away."
Princeton HS/Cranbury, N.J.
High School: Played club soccer with PDA Development Academy...Prior to PDA, played with Princeton Union 90 ... In 2007, played on the U16 squad which won the New Jersey state championship and advanced to the US Youth Soccer regional semifinals ... Four-time letterwinner at Princeton High School ... Captained his team to a New Jersey Group III state championship in 2009, going 21-0-4 along the way ... 18 of those wins were shutouts, a Mercer County record ... ESPN second-team All-America (2009) ... Newark Star-Ledger first-team All-State (2009) ... Trenton Times All-Area (2007-09) ... The Trentonian All-Area (2007-09) ... Mercer County Soccer Coaches Association Goalkeeper of the Year (2009) ... Princeton Packet Boys Soccer Player of the Year (2009) ... Mercer County champions (2008-09) ... Colonial Valley Conference champions (2007-09) ... Posted 37 shutouts in 64 high school games ... Allowed 26 goals against during high school career ... National Merit finalist ... National AP Scholar ... AT&T Scholarship recipient ... Sat first chair trombone in Princeton High School Studio Band, placing first at 2007 Berklee College of Music High School Jazz Festival ... Won first place at 2008 and 2009 New Jersey All-State Jazz competition ... Volunteered with Special Olympics ... Chemistry tutor.
Personal: Son of Kathleen Meier-Hellstern and Richard Hellstern ... Has a brother, Thomas, who is a sprinter at Princeton ... Enrolled in Wharton and the School of Engineering and Applied Science as part of the Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology.
Fuller on Hellstern
"We first identified Steven at our Penn Top 30 camp in 2009 and thought he had tremendous potential in goal. Little did we know, he would begin fulfilling that potential so quickly. He has become one of the top goalkeepers in the 2010 class after being named New Jersey's Goalkeeper of the Year and an All-American. He is an athletically gifted goalkeeper with a good presence in net. We've had a number of quality goalkeepers come through the program in my time at Penn, and I think Steven will sooner or later add his name to that distinguished group."
South Salem HS/Salem, Ore.
High School: Played with the Westside Metros Remix club ... Claimed two state titles (2008-09) and advanced to the state semifinals in 2010 ... Participated in Oregon's ODP from 2005-09 ... Four-time letterwinner in high school ... 2009 Oregon 6A state champions ... Scored winning goal in state final, earning QWEST Man of the Match honors ... Named EPSN Rise West Coast Athlete of the Week for his performance ... First-team All-CVC (2008-09) ... Statesman Journal all-region (2009) ... Four-time CVC champions ... Student Body president ... DECA vice president .. Empowerment Club president ... National Honor Society and National French Honor Society member ... Math League participant ... Scholar-Athlete Award recipient.
Personal: Son of Marie and Evan Jones ... Enrolled in College of Arts and Sciences.
Fuller on Jones
"We identified Ethan at the Elite 300 Soccer Academy a year ago and have followed his progress closely since then. He has been a consistent performer at the club and ODP level during his career and he has led his teams to a great deal of success. He is a physically imposing defender who is comfortable playing anywhere across the back line. We've had a number of student-athletes from Oregon make a positive impact on our program over the years and I think Ethan will certainly continue that trend."
Rio Americano HS/Sacramento, Calif.
High School: Played club soccer for the California Development Academy ... Participated in the Disney Soccer Showcase and adidas College Showcase ... Two-year participant in ODP ... Three-time letterwinner in high school ... Captained his team to an undefeated league championship in 2009 ... Team advanced to San-Joaquin Sectional finals in 2009 ... Two-time first-team All-CAL ... Sacramento All-City honoree ... Also lettered three times in basketball and once in cross country ... Earned a league title in basketball and a sectional championship in cross country ... Shared high school's Jack Scott Outstanding Senior Athlete award with his twin brother Tyler ... National Merit Commended Student ... National Honor Society member ... Notional Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar ... U.S. Army Reserve Scholar-Athlete Award recipient ... Four-year member of Honors Concert Band, playing trumpet.
Personal: Son of Astrid and John Kinn ... Has a twin brother, Tyler, who also attends Penn ... Enrolled in Wharton.
Fuller on Kinn
"Austin is a tremendously versatile player that can make an impact at a variety of positions. He is a fierce competitor and a tremendous athlete. He comes to us from a very strong California Development Academy team that I think has him well-prepared for college soccer. His combination of skill and athleticism set him apart and will enable him to make a positive impact on our team."
Mountain Brook/Birmingham, Ala.
High School: Member of Birmingham United Development Academy ... Captured Alabama state championship in 2006 ... Also participated in US Development National Academy ... Chosen for Alabama's ODP, travelling to Guadalajara, Mexico for training in 2007 ... Three-time letterwinner in high school ... Captained his squad senior season ... Gatorade Alabama Player of the Year finalist (2010) ... Three-time Area 8 champions (2008-10) ... 2009 state finalist ... All-state and all-metro performer (2010) ... Selected to the 2009 North-South Junior All-Star Game ... Birmingham News first-team all-metro and second-team all-state (2009) ... NSCAA all-state (2008) ... National AP Scholar ... National Merit Finalist ... Army National Scholar-Athlete Award recipient ... Awarded Rensselaer Medal for Outstanding Achievement in math and science ... National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta National Honor Society member ... Volunteer coach and referee with club soccer programs ... Volunteer Spanish translator at Children's Hospital of Alabama.
Personal: Son of Alyssa and Michael Reddy ... Mother ran cross country and track and field at Boston University ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Fuller on Reddy
"Alex is a left-sided flank player that is equally comfortable as a defender, midfielder, or a winger. He has a very educated left foot and is a skillful passer of the ball. He serves a good ball from the run of play and restarts. He is not a flashy player, but he quietly puts his mark on the game from whatever position he is playing. He will certainly strengthen the left side of our team."
Walt Whitman HS/Bethesda, Md.
High School: Played club for Braddock Road Youth as well as the Maryland ODP ... Joined D.C. United U16s in 2007 ... Selected for U16 U.S. National Team pool and was selected as one of the top-11 players in the Mid-Atlantic region by the US Developmental Academy League ... Received invitation to U.S. U17 residency program ... D.C. United U18s advanced to US Developmental Academy League final in 2008 ... Captained Walt Whitman High School to state championship in 2009 ... First-team All-State (2009) ... First-team All-Met (2009).
Personal: Son of Mary Van Sickle and David Yin ... Enrolled in Wharton.
Fuller on Yin
"Nicky is an outstanding defender that established himself as one of the better players nationally during his time with DC United. He was invited into the U.S. U-17 Residency program in 2007 and was named to the Mid-Atlantic Region's Best 11 in the U.S. Development Academy in 2008. He is a very experienced player with tremendous leadership qualities. I have high expectations for Nicky in the years ahead."