Chapman signs letter with Union College

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By Matt Birkholtz

Brian Chapman will be continuing his soccer career, as he signed his national letter of intent with Union College, May 7 at Grant County High School.

The senior, who played for the GCHS soccer program for four years and at the middle school for three years, will now be a part of a Union team that managed to go 10-7-2 in 2011.

“Coach Tyler Brock has helped me all the way through this decision and I am anxious to get started,” Chapman said.

Chapman said he plans to pursue a degree to become a registered nurse and that helped factor in the decision to choose Union.

“It was between the University of the Cumberlands and Union College,” Chapman said.

Chapman had originally picked Asbury University as his choice to play collegiate soccer, but received word that they had too many recruits coming in.

With his choice, Chapman can relax and enjoy the final weeks of his senior year.

“I don’t have to worry anymore of what kind of team I am going to be playing for,” Chapman said. “I know exactly what team I am on and can adapt to what they are looking for.”

GCHS boys’ soccer coach David Schmitt, who coached Chapman in middle school and at the high school level, was excited to see Chapman get the opportunity to play collegiate soccer.

“I’m pleased for Brian,” Schmitt said. “He is a tremendous soccer player and was a dominant offensive force for Grant County. Union College is getting a heck of a player.”

Schmitt said Chapman is going to be good contributor and is proud to have had the opportunity to coach him all these years.

“It’s been great to see him grow and mature, not only as a soccer player, but as an adult,” Schmitt said. “Over the last few years, he became the leader of the Braves soccer team and he will be missed here.”

Chapman thanks his parents, Janet and Tim, for helping him throughout his soccer days.

“If I had worn the cleats off my soccer shoes, the next day they would be out there looking for a new pair for me,” Chapman said. “If I wanted to sign up for an indoor league, they would get me the information needed to sign up. They have provided almost everything for me.”