A member of the Whitecaps residency program joins UBC



KELOWNA, B.C. – UBC Okanagan men’s soccer head coach Dante Zanatta continues to entice top notch talent to his Heat squad for 2015-16 as he claims another highly talented recruit for the upcoming soccer season.

Surrey, B.C. native and member of the Whitecaps residency club, Jeevin Kang, has signed his a letter of intent and will join the UBC Okanagan Heat men’s soccer team.

The 5’6” fullback currently plays with the U18-Vancouver Whitecaps in the Northwest Division of the US Soccer Development Academy (USSDA). Kang has been a force to be reckoned with on the Whitecaps residency program for the past three years.

Kang has also represented Canada while participating in a tournament in France with the U18-Men’s Canadian National team, in October of 2014.

headshot 2“Jeevin is a very good technical player that has an engine that will not stop working, his willingness to get forward and help with the attack as a fullback will only help the program,” Zanatta explains.

“I have been able to work with Jeevin in the past and have always rated him very highly he is very secure with the ball and defends with a passion and has a very good soccer IQ,” continues Dante, adding that “to have a player that has been with the national U18 program and the Whitecaps residency program commit to our school shows were we are going with our program.”

Aside from playing both right and left fullback for the Whitecaps, Kang is highly effective in defending and attacking midfield positions, demonstrating the versatility of the newly signed Heat recruit.

“As a player, my strengths are my consistency, ability to play touchline to touchline for 90 minutes, as well as my desire to win” states Kang. “I am looking forward to being able to make an impact in each and every game and hopefully helping the Heat in becoming one of the top teams in the league”.

Coach Dante was first introduced to Kang during his involvement with the BC Provincial Team. Kang played at U13 level, while Dante coached a higher level team, but Kang always joked “that one day would play for [Dante]”. Kang has also been a friend and teammate of Zanatta’s son, Dario, since the U13 level.

Kang intends to study in the Business Management program ay UBC Okanagan. In choosing a university, the Burnaby Central Secondary School soon to be graduate states that “UBC Okanagan […] just seemed like the best option where I would be able to enjoy my soccer while still studying at a top class university”.

Growing up, Kang played a variety of sports, including hockey, lacrosse, basketball, tennis and volleyball all at club level. His exposure to a diversity of athletics assisted in developing his superb athletic abilities. Kang’s extensive involvement in athletics has also exposed him to many coaches and mentors which have further developed him into the top level athlete he is today.

Kang is confident in his abilities to compete at the university level due to his excellent experience in the challenging and competitive environment playing with the Vancouver Whitecaps in the USSDA.

Kang has also played alongside other Heat recruits, Kieran Large and Hamish Walde, and is “looking forward to re-connecting with them”.  Kang proclaims that his is “confident that [me] and a few other new additions will help [to build] the UBC Okanagan team, and hopefully […] bring home the championship”.

Other players graduating this June that will join Kang, Large and Wade in the fall are defender Daimon Gilland keeper Carson Murray.

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