July 6, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Army men's soccer head coach Russell Payne announced his 13-man recruiting class on Tuesday morning. The Class of 2016, which will join the program for the 2012 campaign, includes a host of talented players from all across the country.
The group features nine players who most-recently played for United States Developmental Academy (USDA) clubs. Six different states are represented in the class with four hailing from California, three from Texas, two each from Utah and Virginia, and one each from Hawai'i and Maryland.
"This year's class is certainly the deepest one that we've assembled," said Payne. "The talented group that we have brought in will strengthen our team from the back to the front of the field. These players possess a tremendous amount of soccer experience gained from competing and winning with some of the highest caliber club teams in the country.
"We look forward to seeing strong contributions from this incoming class, and are excited to see how they integrate into this year's team as we prepare for our most competitive schedule to date," added Payne. "These young men will certainly play a vital role in our program's continued development over the next four years."
A native of Alexandria, Va., Peter Lee enters the Academy after playing for the prestigious DC United club team. Lee also authored an impressive resume at Potomac Academy, where he capped his four-year playing career by earning a slew of honors as a senior. He was tabbed all-county and all-state, while also being named to the all-conference first team.
Joseph Chabries, a native of Kaysville, Utah, arrives on the banks of the Hudson River after forging a memorable soccer career at Shattuck-St. Mary's Academy. Chabries, whose dream is to join the U.S. Special Forces, began playing competitive soccer at age 13.
A product of Lutherville, Md., Christian Wulff recently completed a stellar four-year career at Baltimore Bays Academy. Wulff, who was an honor roll student throughout high school, was a two-time all-conference selection. The versatile athlete capped his career by earning all-state plaudits as a senior.
Tony Black arrives at West Point after completing a post-graduate year at the United States Military Academy Prep School (USMAPS). A native of Houston, Texas, Black played for the Texas Rush and was also a member of the South Texas Olympic Development Program in 2009. He graduated from Bellaire High School in 2011 after earning a pair of all-district honors.
A Reston, Va., native, Nick Baietti comes to Army after authoring a productive career at McLean Academy. Baietti, who led his conference in scoring as a senior, was a two-time all-district performer. An excellent student, he was also named his school's Scholar-Athlete of the Year as a junior.
Cody Guerry enters the Academy after helping South Kent to a 19-0-1 record last fall as a post-graduate. A 2011 graduate of Naaman Forest High School in Garland, Texas, Guerry helped South Kent earn the No. 1 national ranking. He also played for the 2011 undefeated Dallas Texans Academy club squad that went to the Academy finals and was a member of the North Texas Olympic Development Program. Cody exploded for 18 goals and 15 assists as a senior captain at Naaman Forest. He earned all-region and all-district accolades, while also collecting MVP honors twice.
A product of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Lucas Tavill played club soccer for the Arsenal Academy. He graduated from Etiwanda High School in 2012 after compiling an impressive on-field resume. A three-time team captain, Tavill twice earned all-league recognition. He was named team Most Valuable Player as a senior.
A native of Gardena, Calif., Justin Kim arrives at West Point after spending last year at USMAPS. Kim, who played for the renowned LA Galaxy Academy club team, graduated from Bishop Montgomery High School in 2011. He was named to the all-league first team following a productive senior campaign in the fall of 2010.
Cody Giddings enters the program following a successful stint playing for the California Development Academy. He also turned in a productive four-year career at Granite Bay High School, earning all-conference accolades and helping the squad to a pair of sectional championships.
Parker Dixon, who hails from North Ogden, Utah, arrives at West Point after turning in a stellar four-year career at Weber High School. A two-time team most valuable player, Dixon earned all-state and all-area honors as a senior last fall. a two-year member of the Region IV Olympic Development Program, Dixon also played for the La Roca Premier club team. He excelled in the classroom as well, posting a 4.00 grade point average and being named to the school's "High Honor Roll" each year.
Cameron Niccum enters the Army program following a successful four-year career at Lake Travis High School. A product of Austin, Texas, Niccum, who has been playing soccer since he was three years old, was named to the all-district second team as a sophomore in 2009. Niccum also played for the Texas Rush and Lonestar SC Academy.
Chris Britt enters the Army program after spending a year at USMAPS. The Trabuco Canyon, Calif., native graduated from Mission Viejo High School in 2011 following a standout four-year soccer career. A two-time team captain, Britt was twice named to the all-league first team. The versatile athlete was named Defensive Player of the Year and took home all-county plaudits as a senior. A member of the FC United Black club team, Britt was also tabbed team MVP after an outstanding junior campaign.
Jordan Lee is welcomed to the Academy from Kailua, Hawai'i, where he compiled a tremendous soccer career at Iolani High School. He earned all-league honors from the Hawai'i High School Athletic Association as a junior and senior. Lee also played for the Manchester United Premier Cup Team and the Hawai'i Rush club squad.
The Army men's soccer team will begin the 2012 season on Saturday, August 25, when the Black Knights host service academy rival Air Force at West Point's Clinton Field. Kickoff for the season-opening contest is slated for 7 p.m.