Soccer inks McKina Michael
Outside Defender is from Plano West HS
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The first full recruiting season under second year women’s soccer head coach Mandy Fortner has begun with the first of many signings to come.
The Southwestern Assemblies of God University Lady Lions showed continual improvement during the fall, though their lack of scoring made it difficult to see for the casual observer. SAGU went 4-14-1 and finished with two consecutive wins including an overtime triumph in the *NCCAA Central Regional.
The Lady Lions, who began playing in 2006, displayed an impressive brand of defense that kept them in most of their games.
Coach Fortner, an All-America player in college, recently inked McKina Michael, a senior at Plano West High School. She played for Carley Phillips, the head coach at West.
A 5-foot-3 defender who played for the Plano West Wolves, she was joined by a host of teammates and other athletes who signed their binding National Letter of Intent together. The February 1st ceremony was to be broadcast on ESPNU.
"It's always great to see Plano West students recognized for their athletic accomplishments," said Mike Hughes, West football head coach and cluster athletic coordinator.
“McKina is a very strong outside defender,” Coach Fortner said. “She has great vision on the field, ball movement and leadership qualities. I am very excited to have McKina join the soccer program. She is an experienced player and has exhibited a great work-ethic and dedication to her sport.”
She hails from Plano, Texas, 17 miles north of Dallas, and is the daughter to parents Tim and Melody Michael.
Michael also plays club soccer for Steve DeCosta’s ’94 Solar Soccer Club. A 12-year coaching veteran in the area, he has also coached with Greg Ryan, the women’s coach at Southern Methodist University. She is also involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at West HS as well as PALS.
"I had actually pretty much decided I was going to Texas Women's University and then [SAGU head coach Mandy Fortner] called and invited me for a visit," Michael said. "Once I got there, I felt like this was God's calling and he was telling me this is where I needed to be."
In addition to playing soccer, Michael will major in physical therapy and minor in ministry. She hopes to open her own practice in Africa and work in conjunction with the churches there.
The West High School women’s soccer program won the Texas Class 5A state championship in each of its first three years of existence, starting in 2000. They added a fourth crown in 2007.
Southwestern enjoys dual Division I membership in both the **NAIA and the NCCAA. They compete in the Red River Athletic Conference, which has 15 members playing 13 different sports. For more information on the RRAC, visit www.redriverconference.com.
*NCCAA is the National Christian College Athletic Association (104 members)
**NAIA is the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (271 members, including 14 in Texas)