2013 Signing Day
Jason Minnick

The FCD Way: National Signing Day

FRISCO - National Signing Day traditionally receives a considerable amount of media attention in respect to many of the best college football and basketball programs in the country. For FC Dallas Youth, however, Wednesday was a significant day to recognize its more than 50 graduating seniors who had already made college commitments.

On Wednesday night the club organized a National Signing Day celebration in the River Club by WinStar World Casino at FC Dallas Stadium where players, families and coaches gathered to recognize each others' hard work and accomplishments. In his third year with FC Dallas Youth, College Director Scott Dymond said events like Wednesday night's are reminders of how fulfilling his job is.

"I’m ecstatic about the program and being able to give people a little bit of help and direction in finding the right college," Dymond said. "It’s important that we recognize the success because this decision that they’re making, we say it’s for four years but it’s really going to effect the rest of their lives. It’s going to determine a lot of paths that they’ll go through professionally and personally."

On the men's side of things, Southern Methodist University boasted the most recruits of the evening with three U-18 Academy players committing to the Dallas soccer powerhouse. But the school with the most commitments at the event was Louisiana Tech University's women's program, with four FC Dallas Youth products heading to Ruston, La.

One of those future Lady Techsters was Taylor Montoya, who said playing for the FC Dallas ECNL team was vital to accomplishing her goal of attending a Division I school. Montoya's father, Charles, also said that FCD provided his daughter with the best chance to accomplish her dream.

"The opportunities that a club like FC Dallas can provide to young people goes beyond what you traditionally find in a lot of other soccer clubs," said Mr. Montoya. "With the facilities and the level of the coaching staff, it really makes a contribution and helps the kids be the best players they can be."

That gratitude was echoed by Vincent Koch, whose premier team is coached by Dymond.

"FCD has meant so much for me in the college process," said Koch, who chose to attend Colorado School of Mines based on the institution's exceptional engineering program. "I feel like the training and exposure that I’ve gotten here and the lessons that I’ve learned playing with the club have really pushed me along and helped me get to that next level where I want to be."

With National Signing Day 2013 come and gone, Dymond admits there's still plenty of work to be done. Several FC Dallas Youth seniors have yet to make a college commitment for various reasons, and the club's College Director hopes next month's third annual adidas FC Dallas College Showcase presented by Advocare will help the majority of those players arrive at their final decisions.

"It’s again going to be another opportunity for our players to be seen by college coaches," said Dymond. "We have some seniors that still need another look, so we’re still working with those young men and women to make sure they get the opportunity to go to college as well."

*The following is a full list of FC Dallas Youth seniors and commitments as of Feb. 6.

2013 FC Dallas Youth graduating seniors
Name University or College commitment
Kellyn Acosta Signed a pro contract with FC Dallas
Reese Barden West Texas A&M University
Chelsea Billups Louisiana Tech University
Heather Cagle Schreiner University
Marco Carrizales Southern Methodist University
Chelsey Chandler Eastern New Mexico University
Dylan Cook Richmond International Academic and Soccer Academy
Connor Cunningham Southwestern University
Christian De Luna University of San Francisco
Jessica Dowse Stephen F. Austin
Brooke Dusek McNeese State University
Bobby Edet Furman University
Taylor Erwin University of Arkansas
Dillon Farrell Ouachita Baptist University
Sarah Firstenberg University of North Carolina
Analiese Florkowski Texas Women's University
Andrew Greenleaf Johnson & Wales University in Providence
Emily Griffin Louisiana Tech University
Miriah Hadley Sam Houston State
Kylee Harper East Central University
Juan Herrera West Texas A&M University
Kailee Hervey Louisiana Tech University
Lindsay Hidalgo LSU-Shreveport
Brooke Hill Texas Women's University
Patrick Hoover Austin College
Melanie Hummert Mississippi College
Vince Koch Colorado School of Mines
Caleb Latson St. Edwards University
Tahlor Lyman Oral Roberts University
Holly Mallinson University of Louisiana-Monroe
Madison McAdams Texas Tech University
Taylor Montoya Louisiana Tech University
Sydney Newton Abilene Christian University
Marco Ortiz Furman University
Alyssa Parkhill Midwestern State University
Barbara Pascale Ouachita Baptist University
Kaylin Peery McNeese State University
Lauren Prater Texas State University
Mariah Sanchez Southwest Assemblies of God
Alexis Santos University of the Incarnate Word
Raul Serrano Messiah College
Hannah Smith Fort Hays State University
Ellen Starnes Boston University
Tori Stephens Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
Megan Stokes University of the Incarnate Word
Megan Tomlin St. Mary's University
Caleb Underwood Southern Methodist University
Kristal Williams St. Mary's University
Abdul Yassine Southern Methodist University
Sewell Yost Ouachita Baptist University