Coach Crehan is always on the hunt for new talent.

January 26, 2015


Patrick Henry Community College Men’s Soccer Coach Enda , and he was able to find that and more during his recent trip to Brazil.

Crehan traveled to Rio de Janeiro for a week in early December with Next Level Sports to recruit soccer athletes for the 2015-2016 seasons. The organization sponsored the trip and covered all of Crehan’s expenses.

“It was a great experience for me to go down and represent myself and the school, especially since Next Level Sports was willing to cover my expenses,” he said. “I found a couple of students I’m interested in bringing here – one is a Brazilian forward – but I was able to make a lot of connections for PHCC.”

Coaches from 10 colleges and universities across the United States attended this year’s soccer showcase. Some of the other colleges included Eastern Florida State College, which recommended Crehan to Next Level Sports, Union College in Tennessee, Columbia College in Missouri and the University of Central Florida.

The days there were long, Crehan said, and primarily spent educating students about the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) and watching them play soccer. There were around 120 students in attendance.

“Those kids and their families really value their education, so that’s why they’re trying to attend schools in the U.S. because there’s more opportunities here,” Crehan said. “Soccer is what they know. They’re very smart kids with good grades who want to come here to get an education. They’re going to be hard workers.”

Crehan said it also was a great experience culturally because he was able to connect with students and athletes from across the world.

 “Kids came from all over Brazil, and some parents attended the event,” he said. “I even got a chance to meet the head of women’s soccer for FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association). It was a great networking opportunity.”

Christopher Parker, vice president of Institutional Advancement at PHCC and senior athletic administrator, said, “I’m excited that PHCC is being noticed on an international level, and Enda (Crehan) represents us very well on the international stage.”

Next Level Sports is an international student-athlete exchange company based in Brazil. The organization works with student-athletes from across the world to help them achieve their goals of high-level sports with American schools and universities.


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