5 San Jac men’s soccer players sign National Letters of Intent
08.08.2016 | By Calyn Hoerner
HOUSTON, Texas - San Jacinto College sophomores Roberto Diaz Fernandez, Derick Gonzalez, Prince Ihencaho, Ricardo Olaya and freshman David Koloko have signed National Letters of Intent to continue their educations and soccer careers at four-year colleges and universities.
“It has been an honor and privilege to work with these guys over the past two years and see their growth on and off the field,” said San Jacinto College Men’s Soccer Head Coach Ian Spooner, who has been at the helm of the program for four years.
Fernandez, a 6-2 defender, committed to the University of the Incarnate Word. Last season the Madrid, Spain (Maria Inmaculada HS) native led the team in games played and started with 14. Diaz had 2 assists for a total of 2 points, and in 2014 he was named the team’s newcomer of the year.
Fort Hays State University secured Gonzalez, a 5-5 midfielder/forward. The Pasadena (Sam Rayburn HS) local led the team, and was second in the region, with 8 assists, recording a total of 12 points. Gonzalez had the third highest shot percentage on the team with .667.
Ihenacho, a defender, has chosen Lubbock Christian University to continue his collegiate career. The 5-8 Houstonian (Alief Elsik HS) appeared in six games last season, starting in four. Ihenacho was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All Region XIV team in 2014.
Central Methodist University gained Ricardo Olaya, a 5-8 defender from Bogotá, Columbia (Colegio Retos). Olaya played and started in 11 games last season, having 4 total points.
David Koloko is on his way to Garner-Webb University. The 6-2 defender from Atlanta, Georgia (Berkmar HS) both played and started in 13 games last season. In the summer of 2016 Koloko is playing with Kalamazoo FC, a National Premier Soccer League team.
“Every one of them played instrumental parts in our program and I have no doubt that they will do the same at their future universities,” concluded Spooner.
Last season the team went 12-6-1 overall, ranking second in Region XIV. Nine players from last year’s squad will return to the team this fall.
To learn more about San Jacinto College Athletics, visit sanjacsports.com.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.