Spartanburg, S.C. – Coming off of its most successful season playing on the Division I level in 2011, the USC Upstate men's soccer program has signed nine student-athletes and added one transfer for the 2012 season as head coach Greg Hooks announced his 2012 recruiting class Friday.
Hooks announced that Dan Bacon, Hassan El-Haddad, Julian Feneberg, Andrew Foard, Jacob Harlan, Joshua Jenkins, Taylor Scalera, Marvin Shmiege, Satchel Wiltshire and Raad Wullner will join the Spartans for the 2012 season.
"I am excited about the players we have coming into the program for 2012, and am very pleased with the efforts of Geoff de Forn (assistant coach) for his work in leading our recruiting efforts. I feel as though these players will help our program as we compete in the A-Sun and Division I. They all have enjoyed success prior to coming to Upstate and am excited about getting them on campus and in a Spartan uniform," said Hooks, a member of the Upstate Athletics Hall of Fame.
Bacon, from Tuscon, Ariz., is finishing his sophomore year as a goalkeeper at Pima Community College. He was named the Most Valuable Player at the NJCAA Region I tournament and led the Aztecs to a fifth-place finish in the nation in 2011. He earned 13 shutouts this year and posted a 0.67 goals against average in eight playoff games.
As a high school keeper, Bacon was a standout at Sahuaro High School and was a first team All-State selection as a senior. He led the Cougars to the championship match his senior season. He also played club soccer for the Tucson Soccer Academy, helping the team to a second-place finish in the state tournament three-straight years. The club also won the championship in the prestigious U.S. Soccer Far West Regional League on two occasions and reached the Region IV quarterfinals in 2010.
El-Haddad played club soccer for the Cobb Football Club. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the Concorde Challenge in 2009 and was the Defensive MVP of the 2010 Georgia State Cup when he led Cobb to a finals appearance. He recorded 22 shutouts in 34 games during the 2010 club season. He has served as team captain of his club team since 2010.
Feneberg will come to Upstate from Durach, Germany, after an accomplished youth soccer playing career. He played club soccer for FC Memmingen and led the team to the 2012 U19 indoor state championship in the Bayernliga.
Feneberg has made steady progress throughout his club team, notching a goal and 17 assists as team captain of the U17 Landesliga for FC Memmingen, earning Bavaria State All-Star honors in 2010. He was promoted to the U17 Bayernliga later that year and was a State-All-Star selection as well. He was promoted to the U19 Bayernliga in 2010-11 and finished the season with eight goals and 14 assists. He participated in the South German Championships with the U19 State All-Star team. He studies at FOS Kempten.
Foard has been a solid midfielder at Irmo High School outside of Columbia, S.C. A four-year member of the team, he posted 11 goals as a junior in 2011, helping lead Irmo to a second-place finish in the 4A state tournament. He has led the 2012 squad to an 18-2 record so far this season. In all, he has helped lead the Yellow Jackets to three Lower State/Upstate State championships and three appearances in the 4A state tournament.
In addition to his career at Irmo, Foard also has played for the South Carolina United Elite soccer club. Previously, he played for the Columbia United Football Club for six years and was named the Most Outstanding Player in 2008 en route to leading the team to a second-place finish in the state tournament.
Harlan has been a solid defender at East Coweta High School in Newnan, Ga. He has helped lead the Indians to a 15-3 record, a top five ranking in the 5A classification and an appearance in the state tournament this season. The Indians have made the state tournament in each of the last three seasons, advancing to the second round of the 5A tournament in 2010. In addition to his play at East Coweta, he has played club soccer for the West Georgia Football Club Premier team.
Jenkins has been a solid midfielder at Irmo High School outside of Columbia, S.C. A four-year varsity starter, he has led the Yellow Jackets to three straight appearances in the 4A state tournament championship game and three straight Lower State/Upper State championships. He has helped lead the team to an 18-2 record this season.
Jenkins plays club soccer for the South Carolina United Elite. In addition, he spent two seasons with the CESA 94 under Nick Finotti and a year in the South Carolina Development Academy.
Scalera is transferring to Upstate from Pfeiffer College where he was a starter in 14 matches for the Falcons. He scored three goals and added an assist, ranking second on the team as a freshman in 2011. Prior to his stint at Pfeiffer, he was a standout at Mill Creek High School in Dacula, Ga. He was the team's leading scorer as a senior and named the team's Most Valuable Player. He played club soccer with the Georgia Futbol Club Elite 93 and was named a Region-3 Premier All-League selection. He helped lead the club team to success in the State Cup as a finalist in 2010 and semifinalist in 2009. He participated in the ODP program in Georgia and represented the United States in a tournament in England when he was 14.
Schmiege comes to Upstate after a successful youth career in Germany. A native of Berlin, he played club soccer with Tennis Borussia Berlin, most recently in the U19 Regionalliga where the team is in first place. He helped lead the squad to the State Cup Championship in 2011 and 2009. He attends Freiherr-vom-Stein Gymnasium for his high school education.
Wiltshire has been a four-year letterman for Cardinal Gibbons High School in Durham, N.C. He has been part of the program that has won three state championships, two on the 3A level and on at 2A. He is a two-time all-region selection as a defender by the NCSCA.
In addition to his career at Cardinal Gibbons, he has been an accomplished defender in club soccer. He started his club soccer career with the Triangle Football Club before moving to the 93 CASL Elite. He helped lead the squad to the 2011 state championship.
Wullner has been a standout goalkeeper at Irmo High School. A four-year letterman, he has helped lead the Yellow Jackets to an 18-2 record this season. He has also been a part of a team that has won three 4A Lower State/Upper State championships and made three-straight appearances in the 4A state championship game.
Wullner has also enjoyed a solid club career. He is currently in his second season playing for the South Carolina United Elite. He played five years with the Columbia Soccer Club and three years with the Columbia United Football Club. He has been a member of two State Challenge Cup championship teams and a USYSA Region III finalist. He is a member of the U17 ODP team and a member of the Region III ODP Pool squad.