April 15, 2014, LANGLEY, British Columbia (ISN) – The locally renowned Verhoeff name will be coming to the Trinity Western soccer pitch this fall as coach Graham Roxburgh officially announced the signing of midfielder Leanne Verhoeff (Calgary), who is the sister of former TWU women’s basketball player Jordan and cousin to former Spartans Rudy (volleyball), Lies (volleyball) and Lance (basketball).
Leanne joins this impressive line of Verhoeffs-turned-Spartans, but the 5-foot-7 midfielder, who will graduate from Calgary Christian this spring, will be the first of the family to join the Spartans soccer program.
“Leanne is going to be a great addition to our program for the years to come,” Roxburgh said. “She is an excellent athlete, has really good vision and will do a great job of helping us keep possession in the midfield. She is an excellent passer and I believe has some on-field leadership qualities that will develop more and more within our program. We know that in Leanne we have recruited a great young player, but also an athlete who will help grow our program’s culture. She’s someone who will add a lot to our overall program for the next five years because of who she is as a person.”
Verhoeff comes to TWU after playing her club soccer in Calgary with both the NSD Saints (2009-2012) and the SWU Spartans (2012-2013).
In school, she has been named Athlete of the Year in each year since 2007 and has earned Honours with Distinction in each academic year since 2008.
“Many of my relatives have had an impactful experience at TWU, both athletically and academically,” Verhoeff said. “I am excited for a university experience that has God at the centre. I am also looking forward to being a part of one of the best soccer programs in Canada, which is focused on both soccer and character development.”
Leanne joins the TWU-schooled family line that saw Lies (Reimer) graduate in 2004, Jordan in 2010, Lance in 2011 and Rudy in 2012.
With Verhoeff, Roxburgh has now announced nine incoming athletes, including defender Amy Gartke (Edmonton), defender/midfielder Kathleen Chin (Calgary), strikers Seina Kashima (Burnaby, B.C.), Danae Derksen (Delta), Casandra Silveri (Delta) and Natalie Arnett (Calgary) and goalies Rachel Sydor (Tsawwassen, B.C.) and Sophia Traxler (Calgary).