Four From Coast FA Commit on National Signing Day
Three Coast FA players who began their soccer careers at age six with the club fulfilled their lifelong dream today. Luke Williams, Brandon Trimby and Chris Matlashewski, in front of coaches, family and friends at their respective high schools, signed National Letters of Intent to play collegiate soccer.
Luke Williams committed to play for the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers Division I soccer program after a much-heralded youth career at Coast FA. The journey has been filled with much success for Luke as a member of the Coast 99 Red squad. His team earned entry into the prestigious Region III Premier League and qualified for the State Cup Final Four every year. Team success reached its apex in 2014 when the Coast 99 Red captured the state championship. Individual success included being named 99 Red team captain, being selected to the ODP Region team, playing one season with the S.C Battery Development Academy and being rostered to the Myrtle Beach Mutiny PDL first team as a high school student. “I am very excited to be going to play at Coastal Carolina University. I would like to thank everyone at Coast FA and the Myrtle Beach Mutiny for preparing me to take this next step in my soccer career,” said Luke. Coast Director of Coaching Joel Banta added, “I had the privilege of coaching Luke for several years and he is a well-rounded young man and a complete soccer player. He is a creative distributor of the ball and also a potent goal scorer.”
Brandon Trimby signed to play goal keeper for the Southern Wesleyan University soccer program. The SWU Warriors compete in the Division II National Christian College Athletic Association and is located in Central, South Carolina. Brandon split his career as a goalkeeper for the Coast 00 and Coast 01 Red teams. Brandon’s youth career highlight occurred this past fall as he was instrumental in his Coast 00 Red team winning the PMSL state cup championship. Before heading off to college, his team will represent South Carolina at the Southern Regional Championships this summer. Coast 00 Red head coach Tim Thomas said, “Brandon put the team on his back during our State Cup run and really came up big for us. His best soccer lies in front of him at the collegiate level because of his work ethic and his leadership qualities.” Brandon added, “In making my decision I felt SWU would be the best fit for me academically and athletically. When I visited SWU the team felt like a family. The level of play was high and the coaches showed great interest. I can’t wait to wear the SWU blue and get to work.”
Chris Matlashewski signed with the Division I Clemson Tigers soccer program after spending a long career at Coast. Chris was also a member of the Region III Premier Coast 99 Red team where he played a vital role in the team’s success. Chris spent his final season in Columbia where he played for 99 South Carolina United Premier squad. Chris earned a major individual award last fall when he was named Toast of the Coast Most Outstanding Player. “I am happy to have the opportunity to play the next four years at Clemson University. I would like to thank the staff at Coast for my development through the years and for all of their help along the way,” said Chris. “A dangerous left footed attacker is a valuable asset for any program in the country and we are all very proud of Chris. His work rate will serve him well at the next level and we wish him the best,“ added Coast Director of Coaching Ross Morgan.
A late announcement from a fourth Coast FA player arrived this morning. Conway native Dalton Bailey announced his commitment to the Coker College soccer program this morning at Conway High School in front of his family and friends. Dalton secured his roster spot with the Cobras after playing only one season of select soccer with Coast FA. He was a member of the PMSL state championship Coast 00 Red team and accounted for roughly half of the team’s goals last season. Coach Tim Thomas said, “Dalton is an inspiration to any kid that picks up the game late and wishes to extend their careers into the collegiate level. This young man took full advantage of his opportunity to play select soccer and parlayed it into a college roster spot. He was a pleasant surprise at tryouts and was a huge part of my team success this season.”