Banner Elk, NC--Today we catch up with defender Dale Parker, another member of the squad who hails from Worksop, England. Join us as we get to know this sophomore starter for the Bobcats as we continue our Up Close series of interviews.
1. What made you decide to come to Lees-McRae? I was going to go elsewhere in the NAIA but Coach Whalley's goals and expectations were more motivational, and the NCAA is more recognized than NAIA.
2. How long have you been playing soccer? I've been playing for14 years .
3. What are your personal goals for this season? I want to see us I want to try to make an impact on the team, and ultimately make no personal plans for Thanksgiving!
4. What's your favorite soccer memory here at Lees-McRae so far? My first start at home for the Bobcats is the best memory so far, and also Clayton State was a great memory.
5. Who has been the most influential person on your athletic career? My mum and dad have had the biggest influence on my soccer career.
6. If you weren't playing soccer, what other sport would you play? You'd find me playing table tennis and/or tennis.
7. What is your major and what do you plan to do with your degree? PE teaching and coaching.... I would like to go into teaching/ coaching.
8. If you could travel back in time to any point in history, where would you go? I'd love to witness England win the 1966 World Cup.
9. What is your favorite book? Fever Pitch
10. What is your favorite food? Mum's Sunday roast is my favorite food.
11. If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be? I'd visit Hawaii.
12. What is one word that describes you and why? Determined
Dale's Story … I played at six years old for my primary school team, which sort of kicked off my life in soccer. I went on to play for my local teams and captained both my school teams to league and area championships. I played for two club teams, East Midlands Utd and Welbeck Colts, where I played in two cup finals and won a league title. During this time I represented both my district and my county where we achieved a a quarter final place in the national cup and made history in our local area. This all led to a chance to play in the states. I went to Rio Grande in Ohio on a recruiting trip. But eventually destiny took over, and Whalley recruited me here at Lees-McRae.