CLINTON, Iowa - Head Men's Soccer Coach Richard Markham announced Thursday that he has received commitments from a trio of junior college teammates for the upcoming fall season.
Scott Lennon, Brock Smutney and Justin Clemons have agreed to continue their academic and athletic careers together at Ashford University. The announcement marks the first three men's soccer signings for the upcoming 2012-13 academic year.
All three players are currently finishing up their sophomore seasons at Crowder College in Neosheo, Mo., where they led the Roughriders to a 10-7-1 record overall before bowing out of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XVI tournament in the semi-final round. The trio helped CC complete an 11-7-0 mark as freshmen.
Originally from the United Kingdom, Scott Lennon was named First Team All-NJCAA Region XVI after netting seven goals and recording seven assists for Crowder this past fall. The new Ashford University student-athlete had back-to-back two-goal games in the team's final two matches of the season against St. Louis Community College (10/22/11) and MCC-Maple Woods (10/25/11).
He is the son of John and Maria Lennon and plans to study sports education and minor in psychology at Ashford this fall.
Second Team All-NJCAA Region XVI award winner Brock Smutney, a native of Lehigh Acres, Fla., comes to Ashford after being a two-year starter for the Roughriders. Smutney scored five goals last season and dished out three assists to go along with a four assist season during his freshman season at Crowder College.
The incoming junior was a two-time Defensive Player of the Year at Lehigh Senior High School while notching six goals in his senior campaign.
Brock is the son of James Smutney and Diana Robey and plans to continue his education in criminal justice when he steps on campus this fall.
Also a native of Lehigh Acres, Fla., Justin Clemons joins the aforementioned duo at Ashford as a two-year starter for CC. Clemons tallied three career goals and was named a captain of the Roughriders prior to the fall season.
Clemons closed out his high school career as a First Team All-Conference selection after scoring 17 goals during his senior year for the Lightning. He was named the squad's most valuable player by his teammates and carried the captain's patch throughout his final prep season.
Justin is the son of Raymond and Patty Clemons and plans to study criminal justice at AU.
All three players were coached at Crowder College by Brad Smith.