NC State men's soccer head coach Kelly Findley announced a talented class of eight newcomers for the 2013 season, Wednesday.
"We're very pleased with this group of players," said Findley. "They've all had success in their careers so far, and they're driven, highly motivated players. I fully expect them to help us reach our goals."
NC State's 2013 recruiting class is listed below:
Michael Bajza (MF) Club: Shattuck-St. Mary's School Coach: Tim Carter Hometown: Tampa, FL ESPN Rise Top 150: #90 College Soccer News Top 150: #101 Top Drawer Soccer: ★★★★, #85 Nationally, #3 in Midwest Region
Former member of the Region 3 ODP team, traveling to Costa Rica and Kosice, Slovakia... Three years of academy experience... Ranked among the top 100 recruits nationally.
Holden Fender (MF) Club: Concorde Fire Coach: Gregg Blasingame Hometown: Marietta, GA College Soccer News Top 150: #29 ESPN Rise Top 150: #44 Top Drawer Soccer: ★★★★, #39 Nationally
Played in 14 games as a freshman during UCLA's run to the conference title... 2012 Gatorade Player of the Year in Georgia... Competed for the U.S. U-20 National Team which played in the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland, and the U.S. U-19 Indoor National team which played in the Mercedes Benz Cup in Germany... Played four years under head coach Bucky Boozer at George Walton High School in Marietta, Ga., a high school teammate of goalkeeper Alex McCauley ... Captained the squad to the 2011 state championship, while earning a first team All-America nod from the NSCAA... U-17 National team member.
Yanni Hachem (MF) Club: CASL Chelsea Academy Coach: Rusty Scarborough Hometown: Cary, NC ESPN Rise Top 150: #131 Top Drawer Soccer: ★★★★, #143 Nationally, #10 in South Atlantic Region
Won a pair of NCHSAA 3A state championships during his sophomore and junior years at Cardinal Gibbons High School... Named all-region as a sophomore, all-state as a junior... Team captain for CASL... Attended ODP Regional Camp and Super Y National Team Camp... Three-time NCYSA State champion... Sister Casey Hachem plays soccer at Appalachian State.
Michael Hinkson (D) Club: CASL Chelsea Academy Coach: Rusty Scarborough Hometown: Raleigh, NC Top Drawer Soccer: ★★★★, #19 in South Atlantic Region
Member of the U-14 and U-15 U.S. National teams... Played at CASL Chelsea Academy under Rusty Scarborough.
Roland Minogue (MF) Club: Charlotte Soccer Academy Coach: Richard Butler Hometown: Huntersville, NC ESPN Rise Top 150: #39 College Soccer News Top 150: #79 Top Drawer Soccer: ★★★★, #95 Nationally, #5 in South Atlantic Region
Started for three years at Charlotte Catholic High School for Oscar Del Pino... Tallied 74 goals and 42 assists for 190 career points in 77 games, leading Charlotte Catholic to a 66-7-4 record and trips to the state finals, semis, and quarters during his career... A 2011 NSCAA All-South team selection, 2010 and 2011 all-conference, all-region, and all-state selection... Named 2010 and 2011 Mega7 Conference Player of the Year... 2011 South Charlotte Observer Player of the Year... Named 2012 Greater Charlotte Soccer Player of the Year... Won back-to-back state and USYS Southern Regional championships with Charlotte Soccer Academy, qualifying for the national championship in both years.
Clement Simonin (D)
Junior transfer from Division II Lander University... Second team All-American... Two-time NSCAA All-Southeast Region and All-Peach Belt Conference team performer... Appeared in 32 career games, scoring two goals and three assists from his defender position... In 2012, Lander went 12-3-2 (7-1-1) to win the Peach Belt Conference regular season title.
Travis Wannemuehler (F) Club: Indiana Fire Academy Coach: John Higgins Hometown: Evansville, IN ESPN Rise Top 150: #36 College Soccer News Top 150: #33 Top Drawer Soccer: ★★★★, #35 Nationally, #2 in Great Lakes Region
A member of the U-18 men's national team, an NSCAA All-American, and a member of the USSF Academy XI Central U-16 all-conference team... Earned a spot on Indiana's first team all-state in both soccer and football in 2011, following a second team all-state mention as a junior in 2010... Attended camp for the U-15 national team, and competed for his U-15 Region II ODP team, U-15 Indiana State ODP team, and the Indiana U-16 State Cup Championship team... NCSAA Youth Soccer All-American.
Connor White (D) High School: Louisville Collegiate School Coach: Brad Davies Hometown: Louisville, KY Top Drawer Soccer: ★★★ NSCAA High School All-American... Earned a spot on the Kentucky's Class A all-tournament team, all-district team, and all-state second team with Louisville Collegiate School... Made the 2012 Land Rover Kentucky Cup All-Tournament team... Member of the United Soccer Club.