Tuesday, April 24, 2012


Wellman and Nickels joins the Tornados program

Brevard, N.C. - Brevard College Women’s Soccer Coach Shigeyoshi Shinohara is pleased to announce that Whitney Wellmon and Katherine Nickels have committed to come to Brevard and play on the 2012 Brevard College Tornados women’s soccer team.

The incoming freshman duo join commits Alexis Griffis, Clair Deese, Taylor Hembree, Nicole Miranda and Maddi Holt as new members of the 2012-2013 BC Women's Soccer team.

Wellmon comes to Brevard from Shelby, N.C. where she lined up at forward and midfield at Burns High School under Coach Clint Shuford. A two-time All-Conference performer, she also earned All-Region honors in 2011. She was also a member of the 2009 GCCSA Norcross Tournament Championship team and the 2011 GCCSA Norcross Tournament Runner-up team. She was also a member of the fourth place 3v3 World Championship team in 2006. Off the pitch, Wellmon is a member of the National Technical Honors Society and has been on the Honor Roll all four years in high school. She is the daughter of Joey Dean Wellman.

"Whitney is deceptively fast on the field and her great technical skills and knowledge will give us great depth in the midfield in the 2012 season," commented Coach Shinohara. "People may underestimate her due to her lack of size, but she has a tenacious will to do her best constantly. She always makes things happen the ball is in her possession, and on defense, she will be one of the leading tacklers on our team."

Nickels comes to Brevard from Springfield, Ohio, where she lined up at forward at Greenon High School under Coach Ray Raines. Nickels was a four year varsity starter with the Knights, earning Second Team MBC honors as a freshman. She was also a two-time First Team MBC selection as a junior and senior and was a two-time Dayton area selection. She was also named to the Springfield News Sun First Team, and earned the Greenon Royal Knight Award. During her high school playing career, Nickels scored 50 goals and recorded 21 assists. In addition to high school, she was also a member of the Fairborn LadyHawks club team, and the Ohio Galaxies club team.

Off the pitch, she volunteers at the Fish Pantry in Xenia, Ohio, working with her grandmother, and she also volunteers as a junior soccer coach helping instruct 6-8 year olds to learn sportsmanship, acquire skills and have fun playing soccer. In the classroom, she is a member of the National Honor Society. She is the daughter of Eric and Susan Nickels.

"We were absolutely excited to sign Katie to the Tornados women’s soccer program," said Coach Shinohara. "She loves soccer, and her love and knowledge of the game are clear when you watch her out on the pitch. She has tremendous speed and technical ability around the ball and has an innate sense of the field and the game. With her finishing ability in front of the goal, she has the potential to be one of the best forwards in school history. With her background with one of the best club soccer teams in Ohio, we are thrilled to see what she can do at the next level."