Three Marion County High School senior soccer players signed to continue their athletic and academic careers at Campbellsville-University Harrodsburg recently.
Omar Carmona, Jessy Castillo, and Raul Garcia held their signing ceremonies in the Marion County High School media center last week, as they will be members of the inaugural men's soccer team at CU-Harrodsburg.
“These three players have tremendous work ethic. They’re very skilled in the game, their soccer IQ is very high, and I expect them to do very well at the college level,” outgoing MCHS head coach Greg Conley said.
Conley, who recently announced that he was stepping down as the MCHS boys head coach, said the signing of three players at once was a first for him.
“I’m very excited about this because, not only am I stepping down as a head coach after 27 seasons, but I’ve never had three signings at once. I’ve never had three signings in the same year,” Conley said. “So for this to happen and them all going to the same school, it’s a big year.”
According to Conley, the wheels were set in motion when he and Marion County Area Technology Center counselor Courtney Murphy, who helps students find postsecondary opportunities, found out that CU-Harrodsburg planned to have an athletic program.
“So we made a couple of phone calls and found out the coach [Paul Brooks] over there used to be the coach at St. Catharine and had coached two former players of mine and then we made that connection,” Conley said.
All three players eventually visited the campus as did Conley who was “incredibly impressed.”
“Raul went over there and took a tour on his own and loved it, so we set up a tour with Omar and Jessy,” he said.
Conley said he plans to take in all of the CU-Harrodsburg home games.
“The fact that this is a brand new program and I get to watch the program and the university be built while they’re playing is incredible,” Conley said.