The Otters have signed five players from the NAIA level for the upcoming 2018 season. The group will provide a boost to the Otters’ midfield and defense for the season as well as bring some experience and familiarity to the team this summer.
After spending last summer with the Otters’ reserve team, defender George Stanley will play with the first team this summer. Stanley joins the Otters after completing his four-year career at Montreat College. The English defender/midfielder made 68 appearances over his four years, starting all but three games, and starting every game his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons. In that time he scored ten goals and had seven assists. Stanley was named to the AAC All-Academic team, along with teammate, and former Otter, Henrique Cardoso.
Myke Zamor is a sophomore defender from Thomas University in Georgia. In Zamor’s first year with the Night Hawks he made seven starts with 14 total appearances. Thomas University began the year ranked 12th overall in the NAIA polls and played a tough schedule of opponents, eventually falling in penalties in the Sun Conference semifinals. Zamor also played one year at Darton State College, where he played in eleven games and scored two goals.
Midfielder Jack Royston will play for the Otters after transferring to Milligan College to play for new head coach David Lilly. The dual American-English national played his freshman season at Marygrove College in Missouri. Royston made four starts and scored a goal against Indiana Wesleyan.
Dutch midfielder Jeremy De Hoog will look to bring some experience and a veteran presence to a rather young Otters midfield. De Hoog brings collegiate, international, and PDL experience to the team. He finished his playing career at NAIA powerhouse Rio Grande University in 2016 where they won the national championship in 2015 and finished as runners-up the following year. In his two years for the Red Storm, De Hoog played in 48 games and scored nine goals and tallied 14 assists. De Hoog also has two years of PDL experience split between the West Virginia Chaos and the Cincinnati Dutch Lions. He made 17 total appearances and had a goal and an assist for the Chaos during the 2016 PDL season. De Hoog comes to the Tri-Cities after playing overseas in the Netherlands.
Midfielder Elias McCloud just completed his freshman year at John Brown University. The Illinois-native played and started in all 19 games for the Golden Eagles, finishing fourth on the team in minutes. He was also able to record a goal and an assist on seven shots with four on target. McCloud, along with former Otter Conner Haney, helped John Brown reach the semifinals of the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament before falling 2-0 to Southwestern Christian University.
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