FAIRFIELD, Conn.- The Sacred Heart University men's soccer program has added seven more players to the 2019 signing class, Head Coach Joe Barroso announced today.
Joining the Pioneers are Cristian Suvak (Winchester, MA./Transfer: UConn), Olaf Conforti (Tasmania, Australia/Hume City FC), Jack Mulhare (Thornwood, NY/Transfer: University of New Hamphire), Sangyoon Chung (Ellicott City, MD./ Bethesda Academy, Justin Pierre (Seaford, NY/Levittown FC), Mete Yanbul (Guilford, CT/The Hotchkiss School and (Aden Cuellar (Greenwich, CT)
"We are excited to welcome these young men to our program," Barroso said. "They have great ability that fit our needs, but more importantly, as people, they are all high-character guys who will take tremendous pride in representing our program both on and off the field. We look forward to quickly integrating them into our team."
Additional newcomers to SHU's 2019 squad will be announced at a later date.
Cristian Suvak | Winchester, MA | Transfer: UConn
High School: Winchester
Club: Boston Bolts
Two-time Middlesex League Allstar
Trained overseas at Willem II in Holland
"While playing against SHU last season with UConn, I loved the style of play the team played with. After talking with the coaching staff, I loved the vision for the program and knew that I wanted to be a part of it."
Olaf Conforti | Tasmania, Australia | Hume City FC
High School/College: Hobart College
"Upon committing to SHU, what appealed to me in particular was the experienced coaching staff on the men's soccer team. While communicating with International Admissions and the coaching staff, who were very helpful in assisting me with my enrolment, I was soon made aware of SHU's excellent location and modern facilities. I'm very excited to begin studying abroad at SHU this upcoming fall and to contribute to many successful soccer seasons."
Jack Mulhare | Thornwood, NY |Transfer: University of New Hamphire
High School: Westlake High School
Club: FC Westchester Academy
"I chose Sacred Heart University for a number of reasons. First was the coaching staff making my transfer as easy as possible. They have given me an opportunity to play at the highest level, and I look forward to rewarding them, my teammates and the university with everything they could have hoped for. SHU also provides an exceptional School of Business which when making my decision to transfer was a very important factor. Lastly, the school continues to upgrade and develop all of its state-of-the-art facilities, which would make it attractive to any student athlete. I'm thrilled to be part of the SHU Family."
Sangyoon Chung | Ellicott City, MD. | Bethesda US Developmental Academy
High School: Centennial High School
"When I was able to talk to the coaching staff, I knew Sacred Heart was the right place for me. I knew I could really push my boundaries both academically and athletically to reach my ultimate goals. I am very excited to face new challenges in my life and can't wait to get started."
Justin Pierre | Seaford, NY | Levittown FC
High School: St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School
All-League Defensive Player for NSCHSAA 2017/2018
Defensive Most Valuable Player 2018
Team Captain 2017/2018
"Being given the opportunity to play at an institution such as Sacred Heart University, I knew that this was the school that could further challenge me academically and athletically into becoming the best possible student-athlete I can be. With the tremendous environment, academic opportunities, and support from the coaching staff that SHU offered, this was somewhere I wanted to call home for the next 4 years. I am beyond excited and hungry to compete at the collegiate level, representing Sacred Heart University with pride. To be able to gain chemistry and connect with the team are what I look most forward to, as well as the chance to reach all the goals and expectations of SHU."
Mete Yanbul | Guilford, CT | The Hotchkiss School
High School: Guilford High School
"I chose to come to Sacred Heart University not only because of its top-level athletics, but also because of the challenging academic opportunities that are offered to students, particularly in the School of Business. The coaching staff is excellent and I know I will grow tremendously under them. The campus is beautiful, facilities are amazing, and it's close to home which is very important for me and my family. I am very excited to reach my potential as a student and athlete at SHU."
Aden Cuellar | Greenwich, CT | Greenwich United
High school: Greenwich High School
"After attending multiple ID camps, I experienced a coaching staff that truly paid attention to personally improving my skill-set and continually challenging me to a greater level of play. I knew that I wanted to experience being part of this program that shared my competitive mindset. I am very excited with the opportunities that SHU has to offer and to begin this four-year journey where I will represent SHU both on and off the field and be able to contribute to the program."