Congratulations to our client Sandra Hill who signed her National Letter of Intent with Grand Canyon University - Athletics (NCAA D1 Western Athletic Conference) on a *full ride athletic and academic scholarship*! Sandra is a strong, natural back line player, and an equally talented and technically gifted Midfielder. Sandra is looking at studying a degree track aligned with Architecture.
Sandra has come through the elite youth development pathways in Canberra with some impressive credentials having signed a training agreement in the W-league, she was part of the Canberra Women Premier League All Stars Team and being ranked as an Top 10 Defender at the National Training Camps (NTC). Sandra was also Identified for the U20 Australian Matildas team.
Sandra will be attending GCU, which has a long and tenured history in collegiate sports, from the NAIA during the 60's, until it transferred to NCAA D2 where it had always been a powerhouse athletic program perennially in the Top 25 across major sports up until the 90's. The school grew over the years from some 900 students to an amazingly modern campus with over 17,500 students. Sandra was lucky enough to have had us negotiate a trip over and was impressed by the world class facilities and staff. GCU students are extremely passionate about their sports across the board, and the soccer games are heavily attended in state of the art, world class facilities.
Sandra is extremely lucky to be able to be guided and coached by an extremely highly respected D1 college soccer coach in Derek Leader who coached across programs such as Georgia State and SMU. Derek brings over 20 years of coaching experience to the Lopes, including four years as an NCAA Division I head coach and 12 years at the IMG Soccer Academy. Derek coached the 2005 MLS Rookie of the Year, Michael Parkhurst, and the 2013 NWSL Rookie of the Year, Erika Tymrak among many other future professional soccer players, during his time with IMG. Derek was also the head coach for the Bradenton Athletics W-League women's team from 2004-08 among many other tenured positions in professional soccer.
Good luck Sandra!