NewsMVNU Men's Soccer Team Lands Worthington Christian Star
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - The Mount Vernon Nazarene University men's soccer team has added another key recruit to its roster for the 2003 season with the addition of Daniel Seiffert.
Seiffert, a midfielder/defender from Lewis Center, Ohio, has decided to further his education and continue his soccer career at MVNU. The two-time All-Capital Buckeye Conference and Central District First Team selection helped Worthington Christian High School to a Division III state runner-up finish in 2000 and a state Final Four appearance in 2002. A team co-captain, Seiffert was also named to the Central District All-Star Team and the Super 12 Boys Soccer Team (Central District Divisions I, II, and III) following his senior season. In addition, he was an Academic All-Ohio selection.
"What a terrific addition Daniel will be to our soccer program," said MVNU head coach Paul Furey. "He has had a fabulous career at Worthington Christian leading them to the state tournament twice. He is an excellent student and just a tremendous young man from a quality family. These are the types of signings that make you feel very good as a coach and improve the caliber and quality of your team."
"Daniel's versatility at defense and in the midfield will add to his potential to help us right away," Furey added. "We could work him into our back line or use his vision and knowledge of the game as a holding midfielder. I also like his ability to win balls in the air."
In addition to his achievements on the soccer field, Seiffert has also been a standout in the classroom as his 4.00 grade point average indicates. He is a member of National Honor Society and was selected to Who's Who in American High Schools. He has served as the senior class chaplain as a member of Student Council, and he has twice been chosen as the Timothy Award recipient based on his leadership. He is active on the Promise Keepers Prison Ministry Team and in his local church as a Sunday School teacher.
"Since I have two sisters who have gone to MVNU and played for the Lady Cougars, I am very familiar with the high Christian character and strong academics of the university," said Seiffert, whose older sisters, Amy and Bethany, each starred on the MVNU women's soccer team. "These qualities, together with a strong men's soccer program, were the main reasons for me choosing MVNU over other colleges. I am looking forward to playing for Coach Furey and for the great things that God will be doing through our team."
"I recognized that just because Daniel's older sisters attended MVNU and played soccer here that it was not a given that he would follow their lead," said Furey. "It had to be the right fit for him. I am glad that he felt MVNU is the place for him, and I certainly feel the same. And while Daniel will establish his own legacy here, we know what the Seiffert name has brought to the success of our women's program, and we are glad to still have the Seiffert family around. They are not just a great soccer family, but a great family overall."
The Cougars finished the 2002 season with a 15-8-0 overall record. MVNU also finished third in the National Christian College Athletic Association National Tournament as the team made its fourth appearance in the event in the past five seasons.