Huntington, Ind. - Huntington University men’s soccer coach Russ Lawson is putting the finishing touches on his 2011-12 squad by adding four more players to the roster. Paul and Phil Holliday, Blake Hughes and Bobby Craig have committed to wear Forester green and white this fall.
“All four of these young men have proven themselves at the high school and club levels and we are anxious to get them into camp because we are confident they will bolster our roster,” commented Coach Lawson.
Saying the Holliday twins, Paul and Phil, are inseparable may be the understatement of the year. These Dayton Christian standouts are of loyal and gritty character as evidenced in how they play the game.
“Both are versatile two-way players. Paul is the more attack-minded player who ended up with six goals and four assists his senior year earning him Second Team All-Metro Buckeye honors. Phil predominantly helped anchor the backline for a Warrior team that ranked in the top ten in the state of Ohio for goals against,” notes Coach Lawson.
Paul is looking to major in entrepreneurial/small business and Phil will focus on elementary education. The twins are the sons of Joe and Tavie Holliday from Fairborn, Ohio, and the younger brothers of James Holliday (HU ‘10).
Bobby Craig has played a pivotal role in organizing the midfield for Lawrence North High School the last several years. He has also shown his versatility by playing in the back for the Indiana Premiere Soccer Club.
“We are very excited that Bobby will continue his career at Huntington,” says Lawson. “He is a big strong, athletic defender who is tenacious and smart with the ball.”
Craig plans on studying film production and is the son of David and Dana Craig from Indianapolis, Indiana.
Blake Hughes, a Rossford High School product, was named NWOSSCA All-District Honorable Mention as a defender. He has also proven himself in the classroom having earned numerous academic awards which included OSSCA and NWOSSCA Academic Excellence Team and NLL All-Academic honors.
“We are looking forward to working with Blake because he is the type of athlete that gives you his all,” comments Coach Lawson. “He brings an intensity and work ethic that will serve him well as he looks to improve his game.”
Hughes, a computer science major, is the son of Brian and Karen Hughes from Rossford, Ohio.