Trevor Knowles, a standout goalkeeper from Westerville North High School, has signed a letter of intent to continue his education and his soccer career at Mount Vernon Nazarene College.
Knowles, a native of Gahanna, Ohio, posted eight shutouts during his senior season as he led Westerville North to a district title and the regional semifinals. For his efforts, Knowles was an Ohio Capital Conference First Team selection and a District All-Star. During Knowles’ junior season, Westerville North won district and regional titles on its way to finishing as the state runner-up in Division I.
"I am tremendously pleased to have Trevor join us next fall," said MVNC head coach Paul Furey. "He is a proven goalkeeper from a top-quality high school program. His spirit and personality will fit well with our team."
"I believe that Trevor is very capable of stepping in and filling some big shoes in goal for us," added Furey, referring to the fact that Josh Bush, the Cougars’ career leader in shutouts and lowest goals against average will graduate from this year’s team. "Trevor brings the confidence and experience necessary to be a solid college goalkeeper."
In addition to playing soccer for Westerville North, Knowles spent six years as the goalkeeper for Club Ohio Dynamo. He is quick to credit all of his coaches for his development. "The great talent that my club and high school coaches have shared with me have made me a better soccer player," said Knowles referring to Michael Berry, Fred Armstrong, Michael Thomas, and Dieter Thelman of Club Ohio Dynamo and Andrew Arthurs and Paul Howard of Westerville North.
"I feel that MVNC best fits my educational and spiritual needs," said Knowles as he explained his college choice. "With a great soccer team and a great coach, I am looking forward to a very successful year next season."
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.