Wednesday, March 19, 2014


BREVARD, N.C.- Head Coach Shigeyoshi Shinohara and the Brevard College Women’s soccer team are pleased to announce Kathleen Gant, Isabel Edwards, Sarah Rhoades and Shannon Bava as commitments to the 2014 Tornados women’s soccer team.

Kathleen Gant is a center midfielder from Columbia, S.C. and attended Dreher High School. During her 2012-2013 season with the Blue Devils she was named All-Region after being named All-Area in the same season.  Gant made collegiate soccer a goal while in the eighth grade after realizing how important it was to her. She is supported by her parents Rick and Amy Gant along with her older brother William.

Between playing soccer for club and high school she also found time to play church Basketball with some of her peers and swimming on the high school swim team. Kathleen also excels in school as an AP Scholar, Honor Society member.

Head Coach Shigeyoshi shared his excited on Gant stating, “Kathleen is out first signee for this 2014 signing classing, she is very dedicated to the sport and I’m very excited for her to be in this program."

Isabel Edwards attended Madison County High School in Comer, Georgia where she played as a starter at center midfield all four years.  Edwards was awarded the Vincent J. Dooley Award which recognizes character, teamwork and citizenship through sports under the mission of Athletes for a Better World.

In addition to her hard work on the field she has involved herself within her community, including work with Habitat for Humanity and road clean-up to keep her area looking clean and beautiful. Hiking, paddling and camping are just a few additional activities she enjoys participating in while she isn’t lacing up her cleats.

“She’s a very energetic player in the midfield and works very hard. She impressed me very much when she came to the clinic. A fantastic player and will be a great addition to the program.”

Brevard has also added Sarah Rhoades, a midfielder from Asheville, N.C. Rhoades played under Asheville High School head coach, Jim Miller for the last four years. In addition to her hard work and dedication on the field, she is a member of the National Honors Society and volunteer at the Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Treatment Center, a place dedicate to supporting those affected by lifelong disabilities and by Alzheimer’s disease.

“I have been watching her since her junior year. She’s a very smart player and I’m very delighted that she committed to Brevard. She will bring great energy in the backline. I’m very excited for her.”

Shannon Bava is coming back to Brevard College this fall where she was a key contributor during her freshman year. Bava started 15 out of 18 games for the Tornados during her first season while making the Dean’s List.

She was homeschooled along with her seven other siblings. Her mom, Kim, is a volunteer soccer coordinator for Madison County while her dad, Dominic, is a TSgt in the Air National Guard. Bava also acts as a volunteer soccer coach for her brother’s U-12 Madison County rec team and works for the Asheville Tourists as a dugout-suite server.

“I’m absolutely delighted with her return. She was a crucial part of her freshman class. Shannon was the engine of our midfield and will bring a spark into the mid. We are all excited to have her back and will be able to bring a lot of great character.”

Shannon made the Dean’s list in the fall of 2013 at ABTech and will receive her Associate’s Degree in Art from there this summer then she will return to Brevard College in the fall where she plans to major in Exercise Science.