The University of Wisconsin mens soccer team has added a fourth newcomer for the 2009 season with the signing of Ross Seagram, first-year head coach Todd Yeagley announced Tuesday.
Seagram, a forward from Dexter Mich., will transfer to UW from the University of Maine, which recently suspended its mens soccer program.
We are very excited to have Ross join our soccer program after a strong freshman campaign at Maine, Yeagley said. He is a versatile player that we expect to provide an immediate boost to our attack next fall.
Seagram comes to the Badgers with sophomore eligibility after playing in 14 games for the Black Bears as a freshman last season. He tied for third on the team in scoring with four points and was tied for the team lead with a pair of goals.
As a prep at Dexter High School, Seagram was twice a first-team all-state selection and led his squad to the 2006 Michigan state championship with a game-winning penalty-kick goal in the state title game. He finished his career as Dexters all-time leading scorer with 73 goals and 32 assists in three seasons.
He scored 32 of those goals as a senior on his way to first-team all-state honors and guided Dexter back to the 2007 state championship game before settling for state runner-up honors. He was named to the State of Michigan Dream Team following the season.
Seagram also scored 29 goals in leading Dexter to that state title as a junior, when he was named high school player of the year by The Ann Arbor News.
On the club side, Seagram was a team captain and leading scorer for the Ann Arbor Arsenal in each of his four seasons with the team (2003-2006), which also played international matches in France and Sweden. He also played for the Michigan Wolves squad in 2008, winning a state club championship and earning a No. 2 national ranking.
Seagram also played for Michigans state Olympic Development Program team in 2007 and 2008 and was a standout in track and field, winning the Division 2 state championship with Dexter in 2007.
Current UW assistant coach Ernie Yarborough coached Seagram during his days in youth soccer.
Having coached Ross as a youth player, Coach Yarborough played an important role in bringing him to Madison, Yeagley said.
Seagram, who intends to major in business, joins incoming freshmen Daniel Kohen, Kyle McCrudden and Ata Ozbay as a newcomer on the Badgers roster. UW returns seven starters and 13 letterwinners from the squad that finished 9-7-3 last season.
The Badgers open the 2009 campaign with an exhibition game against UW-Parkside on Aug. 24 before beginning the regular season by hosting the Middleton Sports and Fitness Invitational the weekend of Sept. 4-6 at the McClimon Complex.