Thursday, March 15, 2012


Deese, Hembree and Miranda commit to Tornados program

Brevard, N.C. - Brevard College Women’s Soccer Coach Shigeyoshi Shinohara is pleased to announce that he has added three commitments to the 2012 Brevard College Tornados women’s soccer team as Claire Deese, Taylor Hembree and Nicole Miranda have committed to come to Brevard for the 2012 season.

Deese comes to Brevard from High Point, N.C. where she lined up at forward at Southwest Guilford High School under Coach Michael Schroeder. She was a four year letterman at SW Guilford, winning the "Devil Dog" award and numerous Player of the Match awards in high school and received Scholar-Athlete, Leadership and Citizenship Awards. A lifelong soccer player, Deese also played club ball with the PTFC Piedmont Triad Football Club. In addition to soccer, Deese also lettered in Basketball as a freshman and sophomore, before strictly turning her focus to soccer in her final two seasons.

"Clair has been extremely active in the community and her concern for others translates into positive actions through volunteer work," remarked one of Deese’s teachers. "Several of the unique service projects that she has been involved in include coordinating games and activities at Brenner Children’s Hospital and at Skeet Club Manor, as well as the Special Olympics. Her kind heart and strength of character is showcased by the quality of effort and amount of time she devotes to each of these activities."

Off the field, Deese was a four year Honor Student. She is the daughter of Chris and Keena Deese and has one sister, Lauren.

"Clair comes from several very good soccer programs, including excellent high school and club teams," said Coach Shinohara. "Her athletic prowess allows her to be a versatile player on the field, with the ability to line up and excel at multiple positions on the pitch. Her knowledge of the game and her energy on the pitch makes me very excited to see what she can do at Brevard College."

Lindsay "Taylor" Hembree comes to Brevard from Archdale, N.C. where she played forward at Trinity High School under Coach Mike Sink. Hembree scored 55 goals and added 28 assists in her first two high school seasons at Trinity where she was an All-Conference, All-Region and All-County selection, as well as the Offensive Player of the Year as a sophomore where she led all players with 30 goals and 20 assists. After sitting out her junior season with an injury, Hembree looks to bounce back and make an impact in her senior year. In addition to soccer, Hembree also lettered in basketball and tennis. Off the pitch, she is a member of the FCA and Spirit Club, as well as the Student Council and has volunteered with the Special Olympics. In her senior year, she also gave the "Dream Big" speech to fifth grade students about never giving up on their dreams, as well as giving advice on the transformation from fifth grade to middle school and high school. She is the daughter of Natalie and Brandon Parry and Derrick and Crystal Hembree.

"Taylor has been the striker we’ve been looking for here at Brevard College, having a proven scoring record through both her high school and club career," said Coach Shinohara. "We’re delighted to sign her and believe she can compete in the SAC and has the ability to not only help replace several of the seniors we are losing, but also to become one of the top strikers in the conference."

Miranda comes to Brevard from Valley City, Ohio where she lined up at midfield at Holy Name High School under Coach Brian Michelson. A four year member of the Holy Name soccer team, Miranda also played with the Excalibur Premier Soccer Club, where she was a member of 13 different championship squads, including the U17 Adidas Blue Chip Showcase Tournament and the U17 State Cup and the U18 Continental Cup Champions.

"It has been my pleasure to coach Nicole Miranda for 6 years," mentioned former soccer coach Kelly Gray. "She is an excellent student athlete with over a 4.0 GPA and Nicole is going to be a wonderful addition to both Brevard and the soccer team."

In addition to soccer, Miranda also will be participating with the Tornados on the Cycling Team in the Mountain Bike portion of the season. Off the pitch, she is an Honors and PSEOP Student and serves as the National Honor Society Secretary/Treasurer and in the Holy Name Ambassador program. She also served as a volunteer at several camps and clinics, including the Holy Name Youth Soccer Camp, as well as several of the Youth Mountain Bike Clinics. She is the daughter of Patrick and Linda Miranda.

"Nicole comes to Brevard with the unique background in that she is an excellent athlete with the ability to excel at multiple sports (soccer and cycling) at the collegiate level," said Coach Shinohara. "She has immense desire to succeed at both, with the potential to be a great soccer player, coming from strong club experience. She is very physically strong on the field and her strength will help provide depth to our squad as she has the ability to line up at multiple positions on the field."