Richmond Hill High School soccer player Nic Harris signed a letter of intent on June 19 to play NCAA Division III soccer for LaGrange College.
"I got to see Nic play a couple times and I could see that he has good touch on ball, good speed and is good student of the game," LaGrange soccer coach Jeff Geeter said. "I’m excited to have him join our team."
Harris said he will be entering a progressive soccer program at LaGrange, and he can’t wait to get started.
"I’m relieved that my search for a college is over and that I’ll be able to play Division III soccer," Harris said. "Coach Geeter knows what he’s doing and the team has seen a lot of improvement."
This past season, Harris helped lead the Region 3-AAA champion Wildcats as they made history by being the first team to go undefeated in Region 3-AAA play while making it to the second round of state. He was one of the leading scorers on the team.
"He was one of the biggest assets we had on the team this past year," RHHS Coach Robbie Flanders said. "He’s the type of player you can mold into what you need to fit your program. In the beginning of the year, we were a little worried about the program, having lost 11 seniors, but after the first few games we knew Nic would play a big part in any success the team would see. He was by far the fastest kid on the team. I don’t think we would’ve made it as far as we did without him."
"The best way to describe him is a coach’s player," Flanders continued. "He’s going to do exactly what you ask him to do and beyond. He’s aggressive on the field because he’s not going to back down from defensive players trying to push him around, but he always displays good sportsmanship. If he knocks somebody down hard, he’s going to pick them up and say sorry."
While at LaGrange, Harris said he plans to major in journalism or broadcast communication with a minor in coaching.
He said he got bit by the coaching bug while coaching a U-8 team this past fall. He said he plans to play soccer each year he is at LaGrange, and wants to continue with the sport in some capacity after college, such as playing semi-pro or coaching.
"I’m really proud of him," his father Crispin Harris said. "Whatever he wants to do, we’re going to back him. My wife’s and my dream for him is to one day see him play for the World Cup."