I played in Alaska until I was 16 when coach Chad Little, director of an international soccer academy and boarding school in the small town of Rome, Georgia, invited me to come down and play for him. He made the point that I was not going to be seen if I stayed up in Alaska by any college coaches due to, believe it or not, “our remote location”. I was smart enough to realize that yes, he was correct that Alaska was a little bit out of every college coaches recruiting path. If I wanted to continue chasing my dream of playing soccer at a higher level I would need to get out of Alaska and into an environment that would help me gain exposure to college coaches and provide me with an atmosphere to thrive as a player. I made the decision to move my life down to Rome, Georgia within a week of being accepted to Darlington School. I was also blessed to have great parents who supported any and every decision I have made since the day I was born. They let their sixteen-year-old son leave home in pursuit of a dream. While down in Georgia I was able to get a priceless education: I learned how to become a leader and make a positive impact on people’s lives, and to top it all off - I got to play soccer everyday… on a grass field! The three years in Georgia helped prepare me physically, mentally, and socially for collegiate level soccer and general college life. My routine for the past three years of my life has prepared me for where I am today. I got up at 6 a.m. to do PEBA (power, endurance, balance, agility) training with my coach, Jeff Haigler. I then went to school. After school, I trained from 4-6, ate dinner, then went to study hall for two hours every night - then woke up the next morning and repeated the process.
I continued to work hard the remainder of my senior year, spending a lot of my time in the weight room with Jeff trying to prepare my body for the physical demands of collegiate Div. I soccer. After committing, it was difficult to stay focused on the academic side of my senior year, but working hard the past two years and committing so early allowed me to relax a bit. I continued to work hard over the summer, not sure what to expect come august. I was able to spend much needed time at home to recuperate after going 100% everyday for the past 3 year. While I was in Alaska I was not able to do very much goalkeeper training because I did not have a team or trainer. From mid June to July I would sneak into a gym late at night and work out. In July I began doing cardio. I was running laps up and down a local ski hill 10 minutes from my house in Anchorage then I would do laps on stairs that led up to an Olympic sized ski jump. My body was not prepared for that type of training. During the first week I was sore and tweaked my knee, which I was worried about carrying over into preseason. I continued doing this until early August using my desire to start in goal as motivation to run every day. The final week of my pre preseason training was interrupted by a fishing trip to Kenai (about 3 hours driving south from my home) to go dip netting in order to catch salmon for our winter storage. We ended up catching over 55 salmon in one night and I was able to go home, pack, and do my final preparations for my first preseason. I reported to Boston August 7, 2012.