SEATTLE – Husky head coach Jamie Clark is happy to announce a six-player recruiting class that has signed letters of intent to come to Washington. The class will add to an already strong returning team that will be among the favorites to compete for Pac-12 and NCAA titles next season and will provide a foundation for long-term success.
“This is a well-balanced recruiting class that will set UW soccer up for success for years to come,” said Clark. “We only lost a few players from last year's Pac-12 championship team, so breaking into the lineup right away will not be easy for these young men. That said, we believe all of these players have the ability to keep this program near the top of college soccer when they earn their chance.”
Among the class, Clark has two local products, as well as players from Canada, California, Utah and Minnesota.
“We remain firmly committed to keeping the top youth players from Washington right here at home for college,” said Clark. “This year I believe we did a great job identifying the two guys that fit our need as a program, and also were the right fit as people. Elliot and Garret are fantastic players and it's brilliant that they wanted to stay close to home and remain proud Huskies!”
Kyle Coffee – F
La Roca FC
Coffee currently plays his club soccer for La Roca FC. This 5-11 offensive threat holds his high school’s record for most goals scored in a single season as well in the school’s history. He is also the first ever D-I soccer player signed from Syracuse High School. Coffee was the leading goal scorer for UYSA Premier 1 in 2010, 2012, and 2013. Not only has Coffee’s success on the field been recognized, but his diligence in the classroom was acknowledged when he won the Syracuse Titan Award for excellence in Academics, Athletics, Leadership and Citizenship. He graduated with High Honors holding a GPA of 3.9. Kyle says that, “The person I admire most is my Dad because he served 24 years in the Air Force, was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in Afghanistan, and has always been there for my family.”
Clark on Coffee: Kyle is a slippery attacking player with a great knack for setting up his teammates. He has brilliant feet and is great helping with build-up play. He has the mind and technical ability to play right away, but will have to get used to playing against bigger and stronger attacking players before making his mark.
Justin Fiddes – D
Central Catholic HS
San Diego, Calif.
Fiddes is a left back who plays his club soccer for the San Diego Surf Academy. He is an attacking left back who currently has two goals in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. He has had U.S. National Team experience as he was invited to camp in Bradenton back in 2011. According to CollegeSoccerNews.com, Fiddes is the 86th ranked recruit in the country. He helped his team win the Cal South National Cup title and Far West Regional Championships before heading to the U.S. National Team camp. Justin comes from an athletic family as his father, Gregg Fiddes played basketball for Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Fiddes chose the University of Washington because of the “excellent coaching staff, great soccer and highly respected academic programs.”
Clark on Fiddes: “Justin is an attacking left back that you see in the other teams’ penalty box as much as he's in his own. He is a fantastic athlete and loves to make surging runs with and without the ball. His attacking instincts will allow him to play higher up the field to start with, but long term he will settle into the left back position.”
Luke Hauswirth – D
Minnesota Thunder Academy
Hauswirth is a right-footed center back who currently plays his club soccer for the Minnesota Thunder Academy. He is the backbone of the team that currently sits in fifth place in the Mid-America Division of the U.S. Development Academy. He chose UW because of how much he enjoyed the visits on campus with the team, coaches, and other staff members at the University. He was confident about choosing UW not only for continuing his soccer career, but also because of the high academic standards and opportunities available to him. The team’s success in the past couple of years is yet another thing that influenced Hauswirth’s college decision and he looks forward to the next four years of growing the program.
Clark on Hauswirth: “Luke is a great defender that will be able to play a variety of roles for our team. He's a great soccer player and understands the game very well. His soccer brain will allow him to play in the midfield, as a right back and also as a central defender equally well. It's rare we venture further east of Denver to find players, and only do so when we think we've found a great one like Luke.”
Elliot Havens – M
Crossfire Premier Academy
Havens currently plays for the local academy team, Crossfire Premier. Las year, he played for the Seattle Sounders Academy. Born and raised in Seattle, Havens graduated from Bishop Blanchet High School after having begun his high school career on varsity as a freshman for O’Dea in 2010. Havens is a 5-9 outside mid-fielder with natural athletic talents whose father, Tom Havens, was a running back for Santa Clara University in football. Havens was recruited by Clemson, Brown, and Seattle University but chose UW because he loved the campus and he loved the coaching staff.
Clark on Havens: “Elliot is a crafty midfielder that is great at creating chances for himself and others. He's a soccer junkie and it's easy to tell when you see him with the ball at his feet. He can do some special things when dribbling at people one v. one, so he should be a player that UW fans will enjoy seeing in due time.”
Garret Jackson – D
Crossfire Premier Academy
Jackson is another local product from Crossfire Premier Academy. He is a 6-1 center back for Bellevue High School. In 2013, he was chosen to play in the Academy Select All-Star game in Sarasota, Florida. Last season in the U.S. Development Academy, he was named to the U-18 Best XI Academy players in the West Coast after the 2012-13 season. According to CollegeSoccerNews.com, Garret is the 122nd ranked 2014 recruit in the nation. Athletic talent is seen throughout his family as his brother, Bradley Jackson, played soccer at the University of Redlands from 2009-20013. His father, Brent Jackson, played soccer at UC Davis from 1979-1982 and his cousin, Ryan Whalen, played Wide Receiver at Stanford from 2007-2011. Jackson says his favorite athlete is Richard Sherman because, “he plays with no fear, wears his heart on his sleeve and is consistently great on the field.”
Clark on Jackson: “Garret is the best defender in the Northwest and one of the top in the country for 2015. He combines a big physical presence with the technical ability to play out of the back. He should arrive on campus this spring, which will give him the ability to challenge for playing time right away in the fall.”
Scott Menzies – M
West Vancouver FC
Menzies comes from just north of the border in Canada where he played for West Vancouver FC. He is a tall player at 6-3, who has played in the central midfield. Menzies plays for the U-21 side for West Vancouver where he led the squad to the 2013 Provincial Cup and Doug Day Cup finals. He also played for his school at Rockridge Secondary and as a junior was the team’s leading scorer, MVP and was selected as First Team All-Star by the North Shore Secondary Sports Athletic Association.
Clark on Menzies: “Scott is an under the radar player that impressed us while playing at our camp. He has a great feel for the game and very good feet. He's always thinking a few passes ahead which makes the game look easy for him. We think a lot of people are going to wonder where this kid came from in a few years’ time.”