MSOC | Kodiaks add Veluw, gain veteran presence

MSOC | Kodiaks add Veluw, gain veteran presence

March 13, 2019 – The Lethbridge College Kodiaks men’s soccer team have added another veteran presence to their roster, as head coach Sean Carey officially announced that Jaden Veluw has transferred to Lethbridge College and joined the team.

A native of Iron Springs, AB, Veluw joins the Kodiaks after playing three seasons with the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns.

In addition to joining the team for next fall’s outdoor season, he will also be eligible to participate in this weekend’s ACAC Futsal Championships, hosted by the Kodiaks this Friday through Sunday at the Val Matteotti Gymnasium.

Veluw is an aggressive centre-back that started all 14 matches last fall for the Pronghorns, scoring a goal and playing all 90 minutes in every game.

The jump across the river was prompted by change in academic program, with Veluw entering the college’s bachelor of nursing program.

Carey was surprised to get the call from Jaden, but instantly became excited about the prospect of adding another experienced player to his lineup.

“Jaden brings a big body to our team. He has lots of skill, speed, and can score goals too,” said Carey. “It was a surprise when he contacted me about wanting to come over for his schooling and that he was looking for a different challenge. We always want to take quality players on and Jaden is a big addition for our team for next year, and a couple of years moving forward.”

One of Veluw’s greatest assets is his versatility. Carey says he envisions Veluw playing multiple roles on the field, depending on the game situation.

“He adds a lot of quality and a lot of depth, and he’s very versatile. We can play him forward or at the back, and if we need to push forward for a goal late in a game he’s a guy we can use as an option.”

Veluw says he closely followed the Kodiaks run of recent success, and was intrigued by the opportunity to make a championship title run. 

“After playing CanWest (USports) for three years, I thought it’d be cool to try playing in the ACAC and switch things up,” explains Veluw. “It looks like we have a lot of potential for next year to make a big run, so that always provides a lot of incentive to come over.”

Veluw also has previous experience playing under Carey, which he believes will help make the transition easier.

“I have experience with Sean coaching me and I really enjoyed him as a coach, so I thought it’d be cool to come over and have him as a coach again,” said Veluw.

Veluw will undoubtedly fit well into Carey’s system, which is centered on an aggressive style of play.

“I like to hold on to the ball and keep the ball, because it’s less work,” laughed Veluw when asked to describe his playing style. “But I also like to defend too. I’m a bigger body so I don’t mind getting into battles and going after the ball.”

That last remark might as well be ear candy for Carey. 

Entering his third season as Kodiaks head coach, Carey says he’s not done recruiting for next fall’s team, although he is receiving plenty of interest with his program on the upswing.  

“You know we have lots of interest on the men’s side, I have a list as long as my arm of guys that are inquiring day in and day out,” says Carey. “Lots of time these guys don’t commit until the summer, so we have our ID Camp coming up at the end of the month and I’m quietly excited for this team next fall. We’ll be even better than we were last year, and I think with both men’s and women’s teams will be pushing for that gold medal game spot next season.” 

Veluw and his Kodiaks teammates will open the 2019 ACAC Futsal Championships on Friday morning at the Val Matteotti Gymnasium, starting with a clash against University of Alberta – Augustana at 9:45 a.m.

2019 ACAC Futsal Championships ticket and schedule information is available on the tournament homepage.