As competitive as KCAC men’s soccer has become, especially with the addition of national power Oklahoma Wesleyan, McPherson College men’s coach Doug Quint realizes you have to recruit at a top level.
Quint and his assistants have worked tirelessly this offseason and Wednesday announced the addition of nine more new players for the 2016 season as he’s building perhaps the most depth he’s ever had in the program, which annually is among the best in the conference.
"This signing class is coming together very nicely," Quint said. "Our staff has really worked hard to find players all over the country that will suit our needs and continue the strong tradition of Bulldog soccer. We will have a few more here soon as details are finalized, but things are finishing up nicely for us."
The newest Bulldogs:
• Juan Negrete, Dodge City — Negrete played his freshman season at Kansas City Community College, then transferred to Pratt for his sophomore season, where his team won the Kansas Jayhawk Juco Conference.
"He's a very versatile player with good size and technical ability,” Quint said. “ We look for him to fill a void in our back line or midfield."
• Francisco Mirandez-Cortez, Wichita — Another in-state signee, Mirandez-Cortez comes to Mac along with Negate as he, too, played for the Jayhawk Conference champions at Pratt, which was 8-1-1 in the Jayhawk and 12-4-2 overall.
"Francisco is another quality midfield transfer who had a great sophomore season at Pratt,” Quint said. “We are glad things worked out for him to be here."
• Chance Judkins, Amarillo, Texas — Judkins has that winner’s edge, playing for an Amarillo High School team that was 46-5 during his career. He was a two-time 6A All-District and All-State Selection, including the Area Player of the Year in 2014-15. He is a three-time member of National Honors Society and played club soccer for the High Plains Drifters.
"Chance is an outstanding keeper between the pipes,” Quint said. “When you look at what he has accomplished as player, where he comes from and who he has played for, I only see him ready to taste more success here for us.”
• Reny Martinez, Keller, Texas — Another signee from deep in the heart of Texas.
Martinez is a four-year letterwinner from Keller High School. He was honored as a Texas All-District and All-Region first-team selection as a senior. He competed at the club level for coach Cristian Asfour and 98 Hurst United FC Black, which was ranked fifth overall in North Texas.
"Reny is a very good signing for us,” Quint said. “He's a strong, physical center back who has played at the highest level in one of the largest club leagues in the country. Reny is well prepared to step in and compete for time as a freshman."
• Jesus Martinez, Grand Prairie, Texas — Texas is very, very good to the Bulldogs.
Martinez prepped at MacArthur High School, where he was an All-District selection. He also played club soccer for the Dallas Texans, one of the largest and most recognizable clubs in the country.
"Jesus is a quick and technical flank player whose club experience and background has really prepared him well for collegiate soccer,” Quint said.
• Ryan Swiggart, Wichita — The former Campus Colt hopes to continue his high school success at the collegiate level as he lettered four years at the AVCTL Division I school, where he was a three-time league honoree.
He played club soccer for the 97 Cholita Strikers.
"Part of the foundation of this program has always been signing quality Kansas players,” Quint said. “Ryan continues that tradition. He's a quality area player with the tools we look for to keep in state."
• Alex Marca, Atascadero, Calif. — Quint has enjoyed great success in California in the past and Marca can add to the tradition.
He played at Atascadero High School, where he received All-County as a forward. He played for Legacy United Soccer Club of coach Gary Setting.
"Alex had a good prep career and we look for good things from him as he adapts to the college game,” Quint said.
• Colton Bauserman, Wichita — Bauserman was a four-year regular at Wichita Independent and also played club soccer for 99 Sporting Rojos.
"Colton had an outstanding Kansas prep career,” Quint said. “He has a tremendous upside with his athletic ability and size to transition quickly to the collegiate game."
• Aaron Feldkamp, Hutchinson — Quint returned to his old stomping grounds to sign Feldkamp, a goalie for the Hutchinson High Salthawks.
He surrendered less than a goal per game and was All-AVCTL Division I.
"Aaron is another great local commitment who had a nice prep career in Hutch,” Quint said. He was solid between the pipes for (coach Brad) Binns and adds depth to a key position for us."