Men's Soccer Inks Seven on 2004 Signing Day
Feb. 5, 2004
MEMPHIS, Tenn.-- - Memphis soccer head coach Richie Grant announced the signing of seven players on Wednesday, highlighted by the signing of Thomas University transfer forward Cormac McArdle. Grant also inked six in-coming freshmen in Tyler Camp, Marcus McCarty, Adam Montgomery, Bradley Phillips, Brett Schreiber and Aaron Volanski.
A prolific scorer, McArdle transfers to Memphis from NAIA's Thomas University (Ga.). After a freshman campaign in which he tallied seven points on a goal and five assists, the Dundalk, Ireland native posted strong numbers in 2003. He scored 52 points on 21 goals and 10 assists as a sophomore en route to earning Honorable Mention All-American honors. McArdle led Thomas to a school-best 12-7-3 record and a #23 NAIA national ranking. His on-the-field performance also earned NAIA/NSCAA First Team All-Region 13 recognition and named the team's Offensive MVP.
"We are very excited to bring a player of Cormac's (McArdle) ability into the program." He brings versatility because of his ability to play many positions on the field. Coming in as a transfer, he brings experience and his fitness will allow him to have an immediate impact."
Camp, a player who can play forward or midfielder comes to the Tigers from Hoover High School in Birmingham, Ala., where he earned four varsity letters in soccer. He garnered First team all state, first team all metro and Hoover Invitational Tournament all-tournament honors in leading his team to a 25-4-2 mark and the 6A state title in 2003. Camp also helped lead his club team, the Vestavia Steamers to state championships in 2002, 2003 and 2004.
"Tyler (Camp) is a busy and quick winger who can help our team wide on the right side and brings a hard-working ethic." Grant said.
McCarty hails from Ft. Worth, Texas where he was a two-sport athlete at Fossil Ridge High School, lettering in football as a quarterback and wide receiver and soccer as a forward. On the soccer pitch, he scored 20 goals and added 11 assists to lead Fossil Ridge to a 19-5-3 record in 2003. He has recorded 46 goals and 17 assists in his career at FRHS and holds the school's single-season goals record. He earned FRHS team Offensive MVP, Dallas Morning News First-team all-area, Fort Worth Star Telegram First-team all-area honors and was named 5-5A District Offensive MVP as a senior. He was also a second team all-district pick as a wide receiver in both his junior and senior seasons.
"Marcus (McCarty) has the opportunity to have a quick impact on our program," said Grant. "He has a combination of pace, skill and athleticism. He also has a great ability to score goals, along with the versatility to play as a defender."
Montgomery, a club teammate of signee Brett Schreiber, helped lead his club team to a #20 national ranking and back-to-back Tennessee state championships in 2002 and 2003. The Morristown, Tenn. native was a player for the '86 TN state Olympic Development Program (ODP) team under the tutelage of Grant.
"Adam (Montgomery) is most comfortable at the midfield position," said Grant. "He is a solid box-to-box player with good technical skills. I look forward to the opportunity to work with him again after a positive ODP experience."
Phillips will don the blue and gray after a solid four-year prep career at Vestavia High School in Birmingham, Ala. He earned All-metro honors as a sophomore and junior and helped lead VHS to a Metro title as a senior. A club teammate of Tiger signee Tyler Camp, Phillips helped lead his club team, the Vestavia Steamers, to three consecutive state crowns in 2002, 2003 and 2004.
"Bradley (Phillips) is most comfortable at the left midfielder or left defender. He is strong and athletic and he will give us some balance with left-sided players on our team," said Grant.
Schrieber will join the Tigers after a solid career at Science Hill High School in Johnson City, Tenn., where he was a four-time letterwinner in soccer. He received all district and all-region recognition in 2002 and 2003. The 5-foot-10 inch midfielder helped lead his Knoxville-Diadora '86 club team to a #20 national ranking and pair of Tennessee state championships in 2002 and 2003.
"Brett (Schreiber) is a player we consider in the mold of Tommy White," said Grant. "He is strong, athletic, hard-working and has a good eye for scoring goals. He can play forward or midfielder and we expect him to be competitive in pushing other players and making us a better squad."
Aaron Volanski comes to Memphis from Concordia Lutheran High School in Magnolia, Texas where he posted impressive numbers on the soccer field. A three-year letterman at CLHS, Volanski has led his team to a 14-5-1 record and an appearance in the Texas state quarterfinals this year. He scored 52 goals and seven assists in his freshman and sophomore years to earn all-district and all-state honors, as well as being named the team's Offensive MVP. His school and district-record 31 goals in his freshman campaign earned him Lutheran High School All-American recognition. As a senior, he has broken his 31-goal record and leads all Houston-area players with 39 goals and 12 assists.
"Aaron (Volanski) is a player that we are very excited about his decision to come to Memphis," Grant said. "He is a good, technical and hard-working player that should make a contribution to our team as a freshman."
Memphis, who finished the 2003 season with an 8-8-2 record, will begin spring action on Feb. 14, when they travel to Dallas, Texas to engage in competition with the Dallas Burn of the MLS.