Coach Shearon announces 2016 men’s soccer recruiting class
LANGLEY, British Columbia – Trinity Western men’s soccer coach Mike Shearon officially announced the seven players that will form the core of his 2016 recruiting class, which includes four Alberta-based players and three from B.C.
The 2016 class, which is Shearon’s first since being named head coach earlier this year, includes midfielder Jacob Low (Port Moody, B.C.), defenders Caleb Johnson (Strathmore, Alta.), Scott Poffenroth (Calgary), Josh Rendle (Victoria, B.C.) and David Boehmer (Okanagan Falls, B.C.), forward Caleb Jemmott and goalkeeper Jordan Kasian (Calgary).
The group also features an unprecedented group of four to arrive all from the same club as Johnson, Poffenroth, Jemmott and Kasian all played their club soccer with the Calgary Foothills Soccer Club.
“I am happy that every one of these guys chose to come to TWU and hoping that we will continue to add to this class as we have a few more offers out,” Shearon said. “Each guy had other options but decided to come to us. They all fit in various ways into what we are trying to create here as we strive to make it back to nationals and win that elusive first national championship. We have talked a lot about everyone contributing to the success of the program and that we all have a purpose and each of these guys will serve a role to make us better.”
Jacob Low (Port Moody, B.C.)
The 5-foot-11 centre midfielder will join the Spartans after graduating from Heritage Woods Secondary this spring and brings a winning pedigree to TWU. With his Coquitlam Metro-Ford side, Low was a national champion in 2014 and is a two-time provincial champion, having won in both 2013 and 2014.
“Jacob is a second generation Spartan and we are excited to have him as he is a quality player and person,” Shearon said. “He will work hard and push our first group forward. His versatility will be a huge benefit to our squad as we continue to build.”
Low, who plans to study human kinetics, said: “I chose TWU because of the atmosphere that it has. Trinity Western has a home-like feel to it that can’t be found anywhere else.”
Jacob’s father Jeremy Low was a two-sport athlete at TWU, playing for both the soccer and basketball teams.
Caleb Johnson (Strathmore, Alta.)
Johnson will join his brothers Taylor and Leighton with the men’s soccer program and become the first sibling trio to play for the same Spartans team at the same time.
The 6-foot-1 defender, who will graduate from Bishop Grandin High School this spring, played his club soccer with the Calgary Foothills Soccer Club and captained his teams to a variety of accolades at both the provincial and national level. In recent years, he claimed one national silver medal, one provincial gold medal and two provincial silver medals.
“Caleb is the last of the Johnson brothers to come and play for us,” Shearon said. “The joke has always been that we recruited Taylor to get Leighton so we could get Caleb. Caleb is very good technically, but also have some bite to him. He will push for a spot in our back line right away. He is a great kid with good character and will make our team better right away and will hopefully become a culture-carrier for us.”
Johnson, who plans to study business, said: “The overall experience of the University seems so much different, but better than all of the others. The small campus and small classes helps a lot from an educational view, and the atmosphere around the sports teams seems so much more passionate than I experienced elsewhere.”
Caleb Jemmott (Calgary)
Jemmott will help bolster the Spartans forward unit as he arrives, much like many of his fellow 2016 recruits, with a tidy soccer-playing résumé.
The 6-foot graduate-to-be of Dr. E.P. Scarlett High School most recently played his club soccer with Calgary Foothills Soccer Club, helping his team to a U18 provincial gold medal and a national silver medal in 2015. In 2014, he helped his provincial team to a bronze medal at the national championship.
“Caleb is a forward with a unique gift set that could prove valuable in Canada West,” Shearon said. “He will provide another option for us up front and has played with a number of our players already, so there is a good understanding. I am excited that Caleb chose to come to TWU.”
Jemmott, who plans to study human kinetics at TWU, said: “Trinity Western is where I want to begin the next chapter of my life and I am excited to continue my education and soccer career as a Spartan.”
Scott Poffenroth (Calgary)
A highly sought-after defender, the 6-foot-2 Poffenroth will come to TWU via the well-oiled soccer prospect pipeline between Calgary and Langley. The graduate-to-be of Bishop Carroll High School played his club soccer with Calgary Foothills Soccer Club and also spent time working with what is now NSD Sports & Fitness Club (formerly National Sports Development).
“Scott is a quality defender who we have had our eye on for a while,” Shearon said. “He had some excellent performances this spring at the Whitecaps Showcase and we are looking forward to seeing him continue to improve over the next few years as he pushes our back line to get better.”
Poffenroth, who will take general studies in his first year at TWU, said: “I am excited for the opportunity to attend a faith-based University that fits my personality and learning style. I have been a Spartan fan since I first visited the campus when I was 11 years old when and am excited to be a part of the team.”
Jordan Kasian (Calgary)
A graduate-to-be of Bishop Grandin High School, Kasian will join his brother Austin Kasian with the Spartans and help solidify TWU’s netminding for years to come. The 6-foot goalkeeper comes to Langley through the Calgary Foothills Soccer Club.
“Jman is a quality kid who comes from a quality family and will add to our growing amount of brothers playing together,” Shearon said. “He has improved as a goalkeeper over the last few years and I am really excited that he is becoming a Spartan. He is a good athlete with great foot skills for a goalie.”
Kasian, who plans to study business, said: “I want to attend Trinity Western because they have a very prestigious soccer program and their business program has a great reputation. My family has always supported TWU and I am looking forward to playing alongside him.”
Josh Rendle (Victoria, B.C.)
Rendle has a wide swath of soccer-playing experience in a variety locations around the world as the Victoria product has spent time in both Denver, Colo. and Caracas, Venezuela.
The 5-foot-11 defender will graduate from Denver’s George Washington High School this spring and has experience representing Caracas Sports Club in Venezuela, Gorge FC in Victoria and the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club in Denver.
“Josh is a player that we heard about from alumni a while ago while he was still living in Venezuela,” Shearon said. “He comes from a great family, a good club and is a good culture fit. He has been improving every year and will provide us extra options in the future. He has a great attitude about soccer and life and will be influential in our program.”
Rendle, who plans to study human kinetics at TWU, said: “The friendly and spiritual environment Trinity provides is exactly what I have been looking for. The soccer team has a culture that is unique among other schools and I’m excited to be joining the team this fall.”
David Boehmer (Okanagan Falls, B.C.)
The 6-foot-3 defender will help the Spartans solidify a physical back line. Boehmer, who will graduate from Penticton Christian School this spring, comes to TWU with a résumé that includes a U18 provincial “B” championship last year with Penticton Pinnacles FC.
“David is another defender in this class who I think can develop into a good Canada West player,” Shearon said. “He is a bit of late bloomer in the game but we have had success in the past with these types of players. I know that he has the character, desire and drive to reach his full potential. David will contribute to what we are building both on and off the field and I am happy he will be a Spartan.”
Boehmer, who plans to pursue studies in human services, said: “I feel that TWU will be a good fit for me because of the atmosphere within the soccer team as well as the University. I would also like to live in a Christian environment and keep growing in my relationship with God as I move into my future.”