Volleyball and Soccer report for training camp
Fresh off of their winning season, the men’s soccer team from Southwestern Assemblies of God University began the 2012 pre-season camp August 13. The Lions won the National Christian College Athletic Association’s Central Region and qualified for the NCCAA Nationals in Orlando last season.
SAGU named Clem Oancea, a former player on the Romanian national team, as new head coach during the break. Oancea led an aggressive recruiting drive during the off-season. Adrian Ambrosie is a forward who hails from Lasi, Romania. A four-year varsity standout at Red Oak High School, Joel Ramirez, won numerous honors including First Team All-District, Hawk Midfield Most Valuable Player as well as Hawk Offensive MVP as a senior. A teammate from Red Oak, Jonathan Jimenez, a sound defender, also signed with SAGU. Waxahachie’s Nathan Dyke joins the Lions after a 10-goal senior season. Oak Cliff’s Lee Kounas, a center-midfielder, also joins the team after honing his skills with the FC Dallas U-18 Boys team.
Men's soccer kicks off the season on Friday, August 24, with a road opener against Mid-America Christian University in Oklahoma City. Women's soccer kicks off their regular season on August 24 as well.
The soccer Lady Lions also began camp on August 13. Second-year Head Coach Mandy Fortner will lead the team. Among her key recruits in the off-season are Audrea Davila, a midfielder from South Grand Prairie High School, McKina Michael (Plano West HS), a defender from Plano West High School, and Justine Lopez, a midfielder from Red Oak High School.
Veteran Volleyball Head Coach Hansford “Hank” Moore opened his 13th season on the sidelines as Head Coach for SAGU Volleyball on August 13. Last year's record of 23-18 marked their seventh consecutive season with a winning record, a record of success unmatched by any other team in the Red River Athletic Conference.
A year ago a young SAGU team got off to a 7-8 start before finding their groove. They then rattled off 15 wins during their next 21 matches, improving to 22-14.
SAGU advanced to the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) nationals in Orlando.
The Lady Lions open their schedule with five matches in Oklahoma, beginning on Thursday, Aug. 23, against Mid-America Christian University.