COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee Tech soccer coach Becky Fletcher
has signed her second recruiting class as coach of the Golden
Eagles. Four standout high school seniors signed National Letters
of Intent to play soccer at Tennessee Tech in the fall.
The four girls that Fletcher and assistant coach Ronda Brooks
inked include Taylor Hicks, a forward from Cumberland, Maine; Ellen
Iaciofano, a forward from Loveland, Ohio; Rebecca Toler, a
goalkeeper from Collierville, Tenn.; and Shannon Rountree, a
midfielder from Tamarac, Fla.
"We are excited that each of these young ladies is joining the
Tennessee Tech family," Fletcher said. "The addition of these
quality student athletes will allow us to build upon the late
season success that we accomplished last fall. The character and
competitiveness that each of these student athletes brings to the
program will enable us to continue to progress towards our
Hicks comes to Tech from Greely High School in Cumberland, Maine.
She played her high school soccer for coach Michael Kennedy and was
a member of National Honor Society. Hicks also played club soccer
for Maine Coast United under coach Jon Meek.
"Taylor is technically sound and has the athleticism and work rate
to create offensive opportunities for our team," Fletcher said.
"Her versatility will provide depth for us at a few
positions. She will bring a competitiveness to practice each
Iaciofano played her club soccer for the CSA Panthers under coach
Greg Fallon, and earned three varsity letters in soccer for coach
Todd Kelly at Loveland High School in Loveland, Ohio. In 2009 she
scored 13 goals and added seven assists, earning FAVC first-team
honors and the team's Tiger award. As a junior, Iaciofano was named
FAVC second-team and earned the team's Best Offensive Player award.
Iaciofano was also a standout on the basketball court as a
four-year varsity player.
"Ellie is a strong, athletic forward that has the ability to
dominate in the air," Fletcher said. "She will bring a physical
presence to the front line. Ellie does a very good job of keeping
possession of the ball. She also possesses the vision that
enables her to distribute to her teammates."
Toler is the only Tennessee product in the class, coming from
Collierville High School in Collierville, Tenn., where she played
for coach Bill Gillespie. The goalkeeper posted a 64-16-3 career
record with a goals against average of 0.51. She finished her
career with 16 shutouts and 32 combined shutouts in 87 games
played. In 19 games as a senior Toler allowed only 18 goals and
racked up seven shutouts, earning Memphis Best of Preps honors.
Toler also led her club team, the Stones River Strikers, to two
state championships, and was a member of the Tennessee State
Olympic Development Program from 2004-08.
"The addition of Rebecca will instantly create a competitive
atmosphere amongst our goalkeepers," Fletcher said. She is
athletic, organizes well, has very solid hands and has good range.
Becca has the ability to come in and make an immediate impact."
Rountree, a product of Coral Springs Christian Acadmey in Coral
Springs, Fla., played four years of soccer for coach Alexis Sasso.
She was named team MVP her junior year, and helped her team to the
district championship in 2006. She also excelled in the classroom,
earning a spot on the Headmaster's Honor Roll all four years.
Rountree made three consecutive club final fours with the Parkland
Predators, and also played club soccer for the Coral Springs
Renegades under coach Steve Burgess. Rountree was also a four-year
member of the Florida State ODP team.
"Shannon is a very smart player tactically and very technically
sound," Fletcher said. "She reads
the game very well and does a very good job of switching the point
of attack. Shannon brings an incredible work rate and a positive
attitude that is contagious."
Individual photos in order: Taylor Hicks, Ellen Iaciofano,
Rebecca Toler, Shannon Rountree.