Grant Jaars, a standout midfielder from Westerville, Ohio, has signed a letter of intent to continue his education and his soccer career at Mount Vernon Nazarene College.
Jaars, who was a three-year member of the Worthington Christian High School varsity team, was a Second Team All-Ohioan in Division II following his senior season. He also a First Team All-Central Ohio Soccer League and First Team All-District selection as well as being the COSL Player of the Year. In addition, Jaars was named to the Central Ohio All-Star Team.
"I am really pleased to have signed Grant, our third player from Worthington Christian - one of the top private soccer programs in the state," said MVNC head coach Paul Furey. "Grant has really shown me the ability, knowledge, and desire to be an immediate contributor in the midfield or up front. He is a quality young man and will fit nicely into helping our program experience continued success."
"The main reason I decided on attending MVNC was because I felt comfortable around the people and the campus," said Jaars, who plans to major in Psychology. "I also chose MVNC because I thought that it would definitely challenge me academically and spiritually."
The Cougars are coming off the best season in school history in which they posted a 19-8 overall record and finished third at the National Christian College Athletic Association National Tournament in their first-ever appearance. The team graduated four seniors but return a solid core of starters and key reserves which should lead to another exciting season in 1999.