McPherson College men’s soccer coach Doug Quint guided the Bulldogs to the NAIA National Tournament last year and because of that, it has paid dividends on the recruiting trail.
Quint on Thursday announced a recruiting class that hopefully will help the Bulldogs remain at their lofty status.
The class numbers 16 and has nine balance with nine freshmen and seven transfers, who will report for the team’s preseason camp on Aug. 8. Along with the 20 or so returnees, Quint could have his deepest team ever.
Quint has recruited Kansas strong, not to mention other parts of the country, as well as overseas as the Bulldogs are priming themselves for perhaps a special season.
"We are really excited about how this class shaped up," Quint said. "Each year the expectation is that we put ourselves in a position to compete for championships. This class addresses the needs we have and keeps the competitiveness high within our program. I am pleased with not just the talent this class brings, but also the nice balance between experience and youth.”
A thumbnail sketch of the newest Bulldogs:
• Omar Perez, Santa Ana, Calif.: A 5-10 attacking player comes to McPherson after playing two years at Santa Ana College in California.
"Omar is a very dynamic attacking player and we are pleased that he committed to us," Quint said. "Being that he transferred in at semester, it gave him time to be in the program which we look to pay huge dividends for us this fall."
• Arthur Lamparter, Schweinfurt, Germany: A 6-5 goal keeper joins the Bulldogs after playing one season at the University of Houston-Victoria.
"Arthur has a huge presence between the pipes," Quint said. "We added an experienced keeper with great size, shot-stopping ability and one who commands everyone in front of him well."
• Alex Garcia; Phoenix, Arizona: A 5-8 midfielder comes to McPherson after playing two seasons at South Mountain Community College.
"Alex is the defensive ball-winner we needed to add in the middle of the park,” Quint said. "He breaks plays up and distributes well in possession."
• Greg Roller, Topeka: A 5-8 midfielder will bolster the Bulldogs after earning All-KJCCC honors at Pratt Community College.
"We graduated one of the best attacking midfielders in the country in Oscar Cortez and needed to find someone to solidify that position,” Quint said. “We felt Greg could be that guy. He's a very dynamic playmaker who could be an impact player in our conference.”
• David Nobo, Topeka: A 5-9 defender arrives in McPherson after earning All-KJCCC honors at Pratt Community College.
"David is a very technical back with great speed," Quint said. "He's a hard player to beat and is clean out of the back. David has a chance to play an important role for us next year."
• Sam Nobo, Topeka: The 5-9 defender earned All-KJCCC honors at Pratt Community College.
"Sam is a very good defensive player,” Quint said. "He tracks players well and likes to get forward from the back. His versatility will be important for us next year."
• Elyse Munganga, Topeka: The 5-11 defender transfers to McPherson after two years at Allen County Community College.
"Elyse is a very quality defender that we kept track of while at Allen,” Quint said. "He has good size and is technical on the ball. The leadership and experience he brings gives him a chance to solidify our center-back position next fall with his former collegiate teammate and current Bulldog player Leo Martinez."
• Geoffrey Stitcher, Rose Hill: The 5-10 keeper comes to McPherson after winning a state championship his senior year at Rose Hill High School.
"Geoffrey had an outstanding prep career and we look for that to continue here in college," Quint said.
• Tyler Minney, United Kingdom: Minney is a 5-9 defender who is traveling across the pond after competing for Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School.
"Tyler is a very quick outside back,” Quint said. "His technical ability and pace will give him a chance to see time as a freshman."
• Christopher Kelly, Glasgow, Scotland: The 6-1 flank also comes from Europe as he’s from St. Ambrose in Scotland.
"Chris is a dynamic attacking player," Quint said. "We graduated some important players wide and with his vast playing background overseas, look for good things from him."
• Valentin Ramirez, Madrid, Spain: The 5-11 left-sided player is yet another player who is traveling thousands of miles to join the Bulldogs.
"Val is multi-dimensional in that he can play anywhere up-and-down the left side of the park," Quint said. "We look for good things from him as a freshman."
• Chukwuma Valentine, Aguda Surulere, Nigeria: Quint really traveled far to sign the 5-10 midfielder, who just graduated from Victory Comprehensive College in Nigeria.
"I am glad things worked out with Chuk," Quint said. "He's a strong-holding midfielder who likes to dictate play in possession."
• Tony Del Valle, Cypress, Texas: From deep in the heart of Texas, Del Valle is a 5-9 mid-fielder from Cypress Ranch High School.
"Tony comes from one of the top high school programs in the state of Texas,” Quint said. "He's a possession midfielder who distributes well and has good vision. I would like to thank former McPherson College standout Trenton-Deno Bell for his assistance with signing Tony."
• Richard Szabo, Little Elm, Texas: Another Texan, the 5-9 midfielder comes to McPherson after graduating from Denton High School.
"Richard is one that has a tremendous upside,” Quint said. "We were impressed with him right away and feel that he's going to thrive in our environment here at McPherson."
• Logan Hartman, Wichita: Quint is high on the 5-10 forward, who was All-City League for Wichita Heights High School.
"Logan had a great senior season at Heights,” Quint said. "He's good when running at opponents in space and we look to utilize that ability here."
• Jonah Standley, Wichita: Another signee from the Air Capital City, the 5-7 defender comes from Wichita Heights High School.
"Jonah is a nice addition to the squad,” Quint said. “He's a solid defender and I look forward to watching him grow as a player over the next four years."