- Last Updated on 07:56 AM 06/02/14
- BY Doug Ford
Collin Kashmer, the single season and career-scoring leader for the Halifax County High School boys soccer program, has chosen Lynchburg College as his next soccer destination.
Kashmer officially announced his decision Thursday afternoon, surrounded by family, coaches and high school officials.
Lynchburg College is a private, independent residential liberal arts college, with an enrollment of 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students.
Chris Yeager serves as head soccer coach for the Division III Hornets, who finished with an 11-6-2 overall record and an 8-2-1 record in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference last season.
Yeager is also Kashmer’s travel soccer coach, and that relationship pointed Kashmer, a prospective computer science major toward Lynchburg College.
“I like the atmosphere up there, and the campus is real nice,” said Kashmer.
Yeager noted two of his primary attributes, his speed and ball handling capabilities in recruiting him, Kashmer explained.
The career (44) and single-season scoring leader (30) in scoring for Halifax County, Kashmer anticipates playing as a wing at Lynchburg College.
It’s taken a lot of work and a lot of traveling to get to this point,” Kashmer admitted.
“I traveled a lot to Lynchburg and Roanoke to play, and I’ve done ODP (Olympic Development Program) when I was in Roanoke.
“I’m hoping to get some playing time starting off,” added Kashmer, whose next step in developing his soccer skills involves working on his passing.
“He’s done so much work, and his parents have done a lot to help him get to where he’s at today,” said Comets Head Soccer Coach Frank Shealy.
“The work he’s done outside of school soccer has made him as good as he is today, all the work he’s done with his travel team.”
“Collin probably taught me more this year than I taught him,” Shealy noted.
“He’s been a coach on the field, and it’s been a pleasure to have.
Kashmer worked hard to get back in prime condition for his senior year after being injured the first part of last season, and that hard work paid off, Shealy pointed out.
“That’s been one of the big differences, his strength and speed,” said Shealy.
“A lot the seniors worked out with Collin during the off-season, and that means a lot on a soccer field.”
“We’re very proud of Collin, he’s maintained a very good grade point average, and as much traveling as he’s had to do, he’s never complained,” said Kashmer’s father, Greg Kashmer.
“He spent a lot of hours on the road and has had to balance school and athletics.
“We hope he continues to do just as well in college.”