PHILADELPHIA – Penn will begin the 2014 men’s soccer season as defending Ivy League champions and seven newcomers will join the Quakers as members of the Class of 2018 head coach Rudy Fuller announced.
“Our coaching staff is very pleased with the talent and depth of this class,” Fuller said. “It is a well-balanced group that fills all of the needs we identified at the start of the process. I want to acknowledge the work of my two assistants, Rob Irvine and Pete Pososki, in putting this group together. They did a phenomenal job throughout the recruiting cycle, early and late, to identify this class. These young men are eager to don the Red & Blue and build upon our program's rich history and tradition of success. I am confident that we have assembled a class that will make the greater Penn Soccer community proud in the years ahead."
The group is comprised of seven student-athletes from six different states and features four midfielders and three defenders.
Marcus Cole | Defender
Austin, Texas/McCallum/Lonestar SC
Before Penn: Played for Lonestar SC in US Soccer Development Academy … Third place at 2010 US Soccer National Championships … Three-time Texas State Cup champion … 2011 Freshman of the Year at McCallum … P.A.L.S Program member … Key Club member … Four-time African-American Achievement Award recipient at McCallum … Four-time Trustee Award recipient at McCallum … National Honor Society member.
Personal: Son of Sheryl and Kevin Cole … Brother, Nelson, plays football at Pomona College …. Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coach Fuller on Marcus Cole: "Marcus comes to us from the Lonestar SC Academy program coached by Bobby Murphy. He is a big, strong central defender that passes well out of the back. I expect that Marcus will challenge to fill the role vacated by graduating senior Austin Kinn and help fortify our backline this fall."
Dylan Hurley | Midfielder
Glenmore, Pa./Downingtown West/PA Classics
Before Penn: Competed for PA Classics in US Soccer Development Academy … Also lettered twice at Downingtown West … 2010 and 2011 division champion at Downingtown West … National Honor Society member … Spanish, Math and Library Club member … High Honor Roll student.
Personal: Son of Mary and Mike Hurley … Father played soccer at West Chester University … Older brothers, Shane and Seth, played college soccer at York College.
Coach Fuller on Dylan Hurley: "Dylan was a late addition to the class, but we were thrilled to capture his commitment. He joins our program, along with teammate Austin Kuhn, from the PA Classics Academy coached by Steve Klein. He is a versatile midfield player capable of playing in a number of spots. His vision and passing are outstanding, and I think he will flourish in our program in the years ahead."
Mark Kaizi-Lutu | Midfielder
Sammamish, Wash./Newport/Seattle Sounders
Before Penn: Competed for the Seattle Sounders in US Soccer Development Academy … Sounders won 2014 division championship … Also competed for South Carolina United Battery in US Soccer Development Academy from 2010-13 … Lettered in soccer at Bishop England High School (2011) and Wando High (2012) … South Carolina State Cup 2AA champion in 2011 at Bishop England … 2012 Carolina Cup champion at Wando … Played club soccer for Crossfire Premier in Washington … 2010 US Youth Soccer national runner-up … 2010 US Soccer Region IV champion … 2010 Washington state champion … Played on Seattle Sounders RTC team from 2009-10 … National Merit finalist … AP Scholar With Honor … National Student leadership Conference Alumni … National Beta Club member … National Honor Society member.
Personal: Son of Carena and Ben Kaizi-Lutu … Played club soccer for Crossfire Premier with Penn teammate Matt Poplawski … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coach Fuller on Mark Kaitzi-Lutu: "Marc was another late addition to the class, but he is someone that we have been tracking for a number of years after he attended one of our camps. Most recently, he has played for the Seattle Sounders Academy program coached by Dick McCormick. He is a strong, technical, athletic midfield player that will give us some much needed depth this fall."
Austin Kuhn | Midfielder
Wyomissing, Pa./Wyomissing Area/PA Classics
Before Penn: Competed for PA Classics in US Soccer Development Academy … Finished sixth with PA Classics at 2012 national tournament … Two-year captain of PA Classics … Also competed with the Philadelphia Union U17 team, claiming 2012 Generation Adidas Cup championship … 2013 US Soccer Philadelphia Combine invitee … 2011-13 US Soccer Training Center invitee … Two-year letterwinner at Wyomissing Area … Student Council representative … Peer mediator … National Honor Society member.
Personal: Son of Jill and Ted Kuhn … Mother played field hockey at Mt. St. Mary’s … Club teammate of current Penn teammate Dylan Hurler with PA Classics … Enrolled in Wharton.
Coach Fuller on Austin Kuhn: "Austin joins our program, along with teammate Dylan Hurley, from the PA Classics Academy program coached by Steve Klein. We feel that Austin is one of the top midfield players in the country. He is most comfortable sitting deep in the midfield where he can take advantage of his passing and his ability to read the game. I am confident that Austin will contribute greatly to our success in the years ahead."
Luka Martinovic | Defender
Bayville, N.Y./St. Anthony’s/Albertson SC
Before Penn: Played for Albertson SC from 2012-14 in US Soccer Development Academy … Finished fourth in the nation … Albertson Defender of the Year (2013-14) … Albertson USSF Player of the Year (2013-14) … Played for the NY Cosmos from 2010-11 … Member of the U14 national pool … Started at center back for Region I ODP programs on international trips to Italy, Spain and France … Interregional All-Star at Disney Showcase in 2010 … Played two seasons of soccer at St. Anthony’s … St. Anthony’s Leadership Team vice president … St. Bonaventure Award recipient all four years … National Honor Society member.
Personal: Son of Gordana and Vladimir Matinovic … First member of his family to play collegiate sports … Enrolled in Wharton.
Coach Fuller on Luka Martinovic: "Luka was one of the first to commit to our 2014 class, and we were very pleased to secure his commitment. He plays for the Albertson Academy and is coached by Chad Prince. Luka is a natural leader and has helped guide his Albertson team to tremendous success these past few years. His strengths are his ability to read the game and organize those around him. He is a natural lefty and is comfortable playing wide or centrally along the back line. We expect him to challenge for time right away and look forward to having him join us this fall."
Chris Scian | Midfielder
Towaco, N.J./Seton Hall Prep/PDA
Before Penn: Competed for Players Development Academy in US Soccer Development Academy … Travelled to Italy with New Jersey ODP squad … Lettered one year at Seton Hall Prep … 2011 Super Essex Conference champion … 2011 Essex County champion … Two-time state champion with SDFC Guachos club team (2011-12) … 2011 Regional champion with SDFC Guachos … Honor Roll student … National Honor Society member.
Personal: Son of Margaret Mary and John Scian … Mother played field hockey at Scranton … Part of a set of triplets … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coach Fuller on Chris Scian: "Chris joins our program from the PDA Academy coached by Sam Nellins. The recruiting process with Chris went very quick, but we were ecstatic when he committed his future to our program. He is a technical attacking player that can beat you off the dribble, pass, or service. He has an air of confidence about him in the attacking half of the field and is constantly looking for ways to unlock the opponent and help his team get to goal. I think he will see time in a number of different spots for us in the year ahead, and I am confident he will make a positive impact on our team's attack."
Sam Wancowicz | Defender
Fallston, Md./The Gilman School/Baltimore Celtic
Before Penn: Competed for Baltimore Celtic … Also lettered all four years at The Gilman School … Twice served as captain at Gilman … 2010 MIAA state champion at Gilman … 2013 first-team All-State, All-MIAA, All-Metro and All-South … 2012 first-team All-State, All-Metro and All-MIAA … Also lettered in wrestling and lacrosse … Athletic Association vice president … Honor Roll student.
Personal: Son of Beth and Charlie Wanzowicz … Brother, John, plays lacrosse at Rhodes College … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coach Fuller on Sam Wancowicz: "Sam continues a long line of Baltimore players that have joined our program recently. He comes to Penn from the Baltimore Celtic Soccer Club (formally the Baltimore Casa Mia Bays Academy) coached by Steve Nichols and Brandon Quaranta. Sam is a natural leader with an incredible winning mentality. He is one of the best natural defenders I have ever seen. He is strong, athletic, and extremely competitive. Sam will challenge to fill the void created by the graduation of last season's captain and All-Ivy League First Team performer, Jonny Dolezal. They are big shoes to fill, but I am convinced that Sam has what it takes to be successful."