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STEPHEN MAGENNIS (Ireland / Soccer):

 

My U.S adventure began in 2005 with me entering the Colaiste Ide Soccer academy in Dublin Ireland. The academy consisted of a year’s schooling that would prepare us for sitting the upcoming S.A.T tests, and also provide us with an opportunity to play in a soccer tournament in Tennessee.

 

Our Coaches Jim Conroy and Danny Crowley would bring us to the Mike Rose soccer tournament in Memphis, in which, would be a showcase for us players in front of many college coaches from across the U.S. We went on to win the tournament and got some good publicity from the coaches in attendance.

 

My break came when I got talking to Head Coach Ken Veilands from Darton College (Albany, GA). The school was a junior college, this gave me the opportunity to play two years of JUCO soccer and also attain an associate’s degree. Attending Darton also gave me the opportunity to move to another school after graduation and see more of the U.S.

 

When I finished up my two great years under Ken Veilands I decided I to transfer to Lander University to play for the Bearcats under Head Coach Van Taylor. After visiting the campus and speaking with Coach Taylor I knew that Lander would be the right choice for me. I have just graduated with an Exercise Science degree from Lander in this past fall 09 along with having my most successful soccer season by us winning our conference tournament championship.


So many doors opened the day I stepped foot in Colaiste Ide back in 2005, my dreams were fulfilled the day I landed at Darton and I surpassed all my wildest expectations when I came to Lander. I could not have hand picked a better journey for me over here in the states and I am eager to see what lies ahead as I embark into the working world. I would like to thank my family and friends who supported me in living my dream. I would also like to thank my coaches at Colaiste Ide for the guidance and also special thanks to Coach Veilands and Coach Taylor in which none of this would have been possible.



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