June 20, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin head men's soccer coach John Trask has announced the addition of six student-athletes who will join the Badgers for the 2013 season.
Skyler Felt (Palo Alto, Calif.), Brian Hail (St. Louis, Mo.), Nick Jones (St. Louis, Mo.), Mark Kosobucki (Cedarburg, Wis.), Zacc Roelke (Madison, Wis.) and JunHo Seok (Seoul, South Korea.) will join the Badgers in the fall.
"While not a large class in numbers, the 2013 signees will bring quality to the Badgers soccer program in the upcoming years," Trask said. "We are anxious to integrate these new members into the team and look forward to their contributions this season."
In 2010, Felt played two years with the Palo Alto 93 Blue Panthers, a team ranked No. 1 in the nation by GotSoccer.com, winning a State Cup and Regional Championship. He also competed for Palo Alto 95 Blue, ranked in the top-20 in the nation by GotSoccer.com, leading the squad in goals. Felt also started for Palo Alto High School that year, tallying 34 points to lead his team.
He is currently competing for the U18 De Anza Force Academy, where he started 18 games and scored five goals. Felt participated in the California North State Olympic Development Program from for five months in 2011.
Trask on Felt: "Skyler comes to us from DeAnza Force a top club located in the San Francisco area. Skyler is a player who comes highly recommended and has the physical and mental tools to compete as a freshman. Skyler will be looked at in any of the attacking positions on the team this coming fall."
Assistant Coach Keith Tiemeyer on Felt: "Though Skyler is from California, he and his family have deep roots in Wisconsin. Skyler brings top notch athleticism and range to our team where he will compete as an attacker."
After starting for DeSmet Jesuit High School as a freshman, Hail broke out in his sophomore year, earning First Team All-Metro Catholic Conference honors and Second-Team all-state. He continued his ascent with a phenomenal junior year that saw him help his team capture a Class 3 Missouri State Championship, earning First Team all-state recognition and being named the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Player of the Year. He also took home the MSHSSCA Defensive Player of the Year award and was named to the NSCAA All-Midwest Team. He won three USYSA Missouri State Cup Championships as a member of St. Louis Scott Gallagher while also winning a regional championship during a 2009 season.
Trask on Hail: "Brian is one of two players to join us from the Scott Gallagher Soccer Club in St. Louis. Brian was a standout player at DeSmet for legendary coach Greg Vitello. Brian brings a rare combination of tenacity and quality to the game, Brian was acknowledged as the St. Louis Post Dispatch 2011 All-Metro Soccer Player of the Year. I think that sums up what many people feel about Brian's soccer ability."
Tiemeyer on Hail: "Brian's technique on the ball, soccer awareness, physical range and grit provide him versatility that will allow him to compete as a freshman in multiple roles for us at UW."
Jones was ranked as the top player in the Heartland Region, as well as the No. 41 player overall in the class of 2013 by TopDrawerSoccer.com. Jones was ranked as the No. 4 forward in the country by College Soccer News. He was a part of the 2012 USSDA National Championship runner-up St. Louis Scott Gallagher USSDA U18 squad. His high school career at Parkway South included First Team all-conference recognition and a District 2 Championship as a sophomore. He was named team captain as a junior and was voted the best offensive player on his squad.
Trask on Jones: "We feel Nick is one of the top strikers in the country. Nick combines big time athleticism, work rate and technical ability for a forward his age. Nick will provide Wisconsin with a true number 9 and I feel that Nick has all the tools to become an All-American and professional player in the future."
Tiemeyer on Jones: "Nick has the soccer and physical tools to be a real goal scoring force in college soccer. He comes from an excellent club soccer environment at Scott Gallagher and has been trained by some of the best, Tim Regan and Tim Leonard. Nick has been previously coached at Parkway South High School by NCAA great, Al Trost."
A Cedarburg, Wis., native, Kosobucki arrives at Wisconsin after spending a year at Northern Illinois. Kosobucki helped lead Marquette University High School to a 24-0-1 record as a senior, a Wisconsin Division I state championship and a fourth-place ranking in the NSCAA National High School Ranking. He started 24 matches his senior year, posting a 0.50 goals against average with 14 shutouts.
Trask on Kosobucki: "Mark is a player who is transferring back to the great state of Wisconsin. Mark is a Milwaukee goalkeeper who has trained extensively with (Wisconsin assistant coach) Stan Anderson and will have the opportunity to compete with the other keepers to be the guy between the posts of the Badgers."
Tiemeyer on Kosobucki: "Mark will add depth to our goalkeeping corps this year. He has excellent high school experience coming from Marquette High School where he was coached by Steve Lawrence, one of the top high school coaches in Wisconsin."
Roelke was ranked as the No. 13 player in the Midwest by TopDrawerSoccer.com. A Madison native, he played seven years for Madison FC in addition to a stint with FC Milwaukee. Roelke earned all-conference recognition in each of his first three years of high school soccer playing for Madison East, gaining honorable mention accolades as a freshman, First Team all-conference honors as a sophomore, and Second Team all-conference honors as a junior. He was named Second Team all-area as a sophomore before achieving First Team all-area honors as a junior.
Trask on Roelke: "Zacc is a local player from Madison, previously coached by former assistant coach, Phil Presser, who impressed us at Summer Soccer Camp. Zacc has the tools to become an outstanding defender for the Badgers. His touch on the ball and physical qualities allow Zacc to compete in every level shown to him. He's made a smooth transition from Madison FC to become a standout for the U-18 FC Milwaukee Academy."
Tiemeyer on Roelke: "Zacc has excellent passing skills for a defender and has the physical tools to compete as an outside back or center back. His comfort on the ball allows him the versatility to also play as a holding central midfielder."
A Seoul, South Korea native, the Illinois Central College transfer was named to the NSCAA 2012 Junior College Division I All-Central Region team. Seok took home first-team All-Midwest Athletic Conference honors in 2012, and was also named to the Region 24 squad. It was the second-straight year that he was named to the Region 24, and he was named Second Team All-Midwest Athletic Conference in 2011. The Cougars advanced to the 2012 NJCAA Division I National Tournament and were ranked as high as No. 8 in the country.
Trask on Seok: "Junho will bring a wealth of experience to the back part of the team for the next two years. Junho is a player who can play multiple positions and is very technical on the ball. Junho joins fellow alum Tomislav Zadro from ICC in Peoria, IL."
Tiemeyer on Seok: "Junho will provide leadership and maturity to our team. He has vast experience as a soccer player and personal experiences that are very different than those of our current players."