Delaware Men's Soccer Head Coach Ian Hennessy Announces Signing Five High School Standouts
August 22, 2012
File Photo Courtesy of Mark Campbell
NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware men’s soccer program has signed nine outstanding high school players for the 2012 season, Blue Hen head coach Ian Hennessy has announced. The five incoming student-athletes hail from four different states, in addition to England.
Declaring their intention to attend the University of Delaware and compete for the Blue Hens this fall are midfielder Stefan Bangsund, defender Ben Sampson, goalkeeper Paul Defeo, midfielder Dieter Bahr, and forward Joe Dipre.
STEFAN BANGSUND, SEATTLE SOUNDERS ACADEMY, WA (at left)
“Stefan is the product of the Seattle Sounders youth Academy. He is fortunate to be able to experience home games for the senior side that draw an average of over 38,000 and with the Academy has been exposed to a very competitive environment in the USSDA. We hope Stefan can settle in quickly with us and add to the attacking phase at Delaware," said Coach Hennessy.
BEN SAMPSON, MINNESOTA THUNDER ACADEMY, MN (at right)
“Ben plays against the best competition and players in the United States in the USSDA league and the weekly game experience he picks up in these games will prepare him well for the jump to the collegiate ranks which he will make a few months from now. He is an exceptionally bright lad and was drawn to our school because of the world class reputation of its engineering programs,” said Coach Hennessy.
PAUL DeFEO, TSF ACADEMY, NJ (at left)
“Paul was identified through our UD camp and he was recruited to hopefully challenge for a starting spot on the squad immediately. He comes from a family of athletes, is a confident lad and we feel has the temperament to play at the Division 1 level,” said Coach Hennessy.
DIETER BAHR, PA CLASSICS, PA (at right)
“Dieter is another bright young academic minds coming to our school and a soccer player whose strengths lie primarily as a creative midfielder. He comes from one of the great soccer families in US Soccer and I am certain the many conversations he has had with Dad and his Grandfather have furthered the game intelligence he now possesses,” said Coach Hennessy.
JOE DIPRE, CARSHALTON FC, ENGLAND (at left)
“Joe is another excellent student currently finishing his A levels at the Reeds School in Surrey, England. Joe plays for Carshalton FC and will look to compete for a starting spot in the squad as a wide attacker,” said Coach Hennessy.