Feb. 14, 2014
BELINGHAM, Wash. -
Five talented newcomers will be on the Western Washington University men's soccer team this fall. They include two National Letter of Intent signees, another who has accepted an admission offer and two who transferred in winter quarter. Making that announcement Friday was Viking head coach Greg Brisbon.
The NLI signees were two high school seniors, midfielder/defender Garrett Barber (Mount Vernon) and defender Marcus Tinsley (Federal Way/Todd Beamer). Defender/midfielder Charlie Hauser (Ridgefield), another high school senior, accepted an admission offer and the transfers are defender Mark Cottrell (Jr., Victoria, BC) from Peninsula CC and midfielder Derek Zimmerman (So., Pasco) from St. Mary's (Calif.).
"I feel real good about this recruiting class," said Brisbon. "We did not lose much as far as numbers from last year's team, so we just had specific needs and I think these players will fill those needs very nicely. All five recruits have a foundation of hard work first, and that will fit in perfectly with our program."
Barber and Tinsley have each played the last two years for the Seattle Sounders Academy. Tinsley also competed one season at the Crossfire Academy.
Barber will compete this spring at Mount Vernon High School. He played on Bulldog teams that reached the Class 3A state quarterfinals as a freshman and sophomore. Barber was a first-team Skagit Valley Herald all-Area and second-team Northwest Conference all-star as a sophomore.
"Garrett (Barber) is going to fit in great with our program," Brisbon said. "He is technically very good, he can play both in the back line or in the midfield. He's a very smart player who can adjust his game to almost any situation."
As a freshman, Tinsley helped Todd Beamer High School to a 16-1-2 record, a South Puget Sound League North Division title and the Class 4A state quarterfinals. He was awarded a WWU Presidential Scholarship.
"Marcus (Tinsley) is a hard-working, very athletic, and a strong defender," said Brisbon. "He has pace and can get up and down the touchline. I think Marcus will come in and fit right in with our team."
Hauser, who also received a presidential scholarship, was a first-team Greater St. Helens League all-star as a junior at Ridgefield High School. He helped the Spudders to an 18-5-1 record, conference and district titles and fourth place at the Class 2A State Tournament.
"Charlie (Hauser) comes to us from VUSA timbers and we were able to see him play at our ID camp," Brisbon said. "Charlie impressed us with his character and his potential to become a very good player at our level. Charlie is hard working and a very good one-on-one defender. I see Charlie competing for minutes in the back or midfield."
Cottrell helped Peninsula CC to back-to-back Northwest Athletic Association Community College titles, the Pirates being ranked No.7 nationally in 2013 and No.8 in 2012. He was a NWAACC all-star as a sophomore and all-region as a freshman.
Cottrell helped Belmont Secondary to the provincial tournament as a junior and played for Victoria United FC in the Pacific Coast Soccer League.
"Mark (Cottrell) is a solid defensive type player," said Brisbon. "He has played on very successful teams at Peninsula CC and has that winning mentality. I brought Mark in for his soccer ability and leadership. His age and experience will help out both on and off the field."
Zimmerman did not see action at NCAA Division I St. Mary's last season after appearing in five games and making three starts as a freshman.
At Pasco High School, Zimmerman twice earned Class 3A all-state honorable mention, Tri-City Herald all-area and first-team all-league recognition. He was a member of the Three Rivers Soccer Club for two seasons.
"Derek (Zimmerman) has been a pleasant surprise," Brisbon said. "As a youth player he was one of the top players in the state at his age and having a year of experience at a DI program, he will come in and make a positive impact right away. Derek reads the game well, plays with his head up and can connect the backs to the attacking players very well."
Last year, WWU finished 11-4-3 overall and placed third in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference at 9-2-3. The Vikings ended their season with a 3-0 win over nationally No.2-ranked Simon Fraser.
Mark Cottrell, Defender, Junior, 5-11, 175, 25, 4/6/88, Victoria, B.C.
COLLEGE: Transfer from Peninsula Community College ... Helped Pirates to back-to-back Northwest Athletic Association Community College titles, team being ranked No.7 nationally in 2013 and No.8 in 2012 ... NWAACC all-star as sophomore in 2013 on 21-0-2 team and all-region as freshman ... Team captain both years ... Started and lettered two years ... Also attended University of Victoria for one year, but did not compete.
HIGH SCHOOL: Helped Belmont Secondary to provincial tournament as junior ... Started and lettered three years for Bulldogs ... Played for Victoria United FC in Pacific Coast Soccer League ... As member of U-21 team won league title and PCSL championship.
PERSONAL: Major is sports psychology.
Derek Zimmerman, Midfielder, Sophomore, 6-2, 190, 19, 7/29/94, Pasco, Wash.
COLLEGE: Transfer from NCAA Division I St. Mary's University (Moraga, Calif.) ... Practiced with Gaels, but did not see game action as sophomore in 2013 ... Appeared in five games, making three starts, as freshman in 2012 ... Named to West Coast Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll ... One letter.
HIGH SCHOOL: Had 10 goals and seven assists during three-year career at Pasco High School ... Honorable mention Class 3A all-State, first-team Tri-City Herald all-Area and all-league choice as senior ... Team captain ... Honorable mention all-state as junior on team that advanced to first round of state tournament ... Second-team Tri-City Herald all-Area and first-team all-league ... Helped Bulldogs to state quarterfinals as sophomore ... Started and lettered three years ... Member of Three Rivers Soccer Club for two seasons, having 17 goals and eight assists ... Team advanced to finals of Washington State Cup and Surf Cup.
PERSONAL: Major is engineering ... His brother, Brandon, played four years of soccer at Santa Clara University and another brother, Preston, played professional soccer in Germany.
Charlie Hauser, Defender/Midfielder, Freshman, 6-2, 165, 18, 9/27/95, Ridgefield, WA
HIGH SCHOOL: First-team Greater St. Helens League all-star as junior at Ridgefield High School ... Helped Spudders to 18-5-1 record, conference and district titles and fourth place at Class 2A State Championship ... Had five goals and four assists ... Team captain and most inspirational award winner ... Second-team all-conference as sophomore on team that was unbeaten in league play (14-0-0) and advanced to Class 1A state semifinals ... As freshman, member of squad that won league title and reached state quarterfinals ... Started and lettered three years ... Also lettered twice in golf ... Played on Vancouver Timbers club team ... Team captain for four years, team advancing to nationals at Chicago in 2012.
PERSONAL: Plans to take program in pre-physical therapy ... Awarded WWU Presidential Scholarship ... Student council member and National Honor Society member at RHS .. His father, Chip, played ice hockey at Union College NY.
Garrett Barber, Midfielder/Defender, Freshman, 5-11, 155, 18, 1/14/96, Mount Vernon, WA
HIGH SCHOOL: Played last two years for Seattle Sounders Academy team ... Will compete at Mount Vernon High School as senior ... Did not play for Bulldogs as junior ... First-team Skagit Valley Herald all-area and second-team Northwest Conference all-star as sophomore ... Helped Bulldogs win league title and reach Class 3A state quarterfinals ... Scored seven goals and had 10 assists ... As freshman, played on team that got to state quarterfinals ... Started and lettered two years.
PERSONAL: Plans to major in business ... His brother, Nate, played soccer two years at Saint Martin's University.
Marcus Tinsley, Defender, Freshman, 5-9, 165, 18, 11/25/95, Federal Way, WA
HIGH SCHOOL: Played two years for Seattle Sounders Academy and one year with Crossfire Academy ... Competed as freshman at Todd Beamer High School ... Helped Titans to 16-1-2 record, South Puget Sound League South Division title and Class 4A state quarterfinals ... Started and lettered.
PERSONAL: Plans to major in economics ... Awarded WWU Presidential Scholarship.