February 14, 2007

Bobcats Sign Two to NLI

Lees-McRae College Head Men's Soccer Coach Chris Whalley is proud to announce the signing of a pair of student-athletes, Lee Squires (Sheffield, England) and Ben Harrison (Winston-Salem, NC), to National Letters of Intent during last week's signing period. The pair will join the Bobcats in the fall of 2007.

Squires is a graduate of Westfield High School in England and has spent time playing with the Doncaster Rovers and Chesterfield FC Academies. Squires also represented his County, South Yorkshire, and was selected to represent Sheffield and Hallamshire FA as well as the English Colleges National Squad.

"Lee is a proven goal scorer at every level he has played and will bring great pace and a cutting edge to our forward line," commented Whalley. "He is a good student and we anticipate him having success on and off the field."

Lee is the son of Debbie and Terry Squires.

Harrison is a graduate of North Davidson High School where he his team's captain. Harrison also spend time playing with the Alliance-88 All Stars and is actively involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. As well as being a talented athlete, Ben received praise for his work in the classroom being named an All-American Scholar.

"Ben is a natural on the left side and will bring good balance to our team. He can play as a left back or left sided midfielder and has excelled on and off the field in high school," commented Whalley.

Harrison is the son of Cheryl and Bobby Harrison, and has an older brother Victor who played at High Point University.

Both Squires and Harrison are undecided on their majors at Lees-McRae.

The Bobcats are coming off of their second consecutive winning season under Coach Whalley. The 2006 season saw the Bobcats ranked in the top 25 in NCAA Division II for three weeks, achieving the highest ranking in school history, 13th.

"My goal is to get our team back to winning conference championships and to make the program into a powerhouse in the southeast region," said Whalley.

The Bobcats won the Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference Championship in 1998, 2002 and 2003. Current Assistant Coaches Nick Young '02 and Calvin Dixon '05 each earned two championships during their time in green and gold.

Lees-McRae is a private four year liberal arts college located in Banner Elk, NC and is affiliated with the Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference as well as the NCAA Division II ranks.