May 2, 2019 – Following a season in which the program won their first ACAC medal since 1994, Lethbridge College Kodiaks women’s soccer head coach Sean Carey has been scouring the region for talent that will help push his team into a championship contender.
Carey has turned to Calgary for his latest recruit, officially announcing that Darrianne Holmes has committed to playing for the Kodiaks in 2019-20.
Holmes is a striker who will join the team after graduating from Calgary’s Blizzard Porto development program.
Carey says that Holmes is a high-quality talent who has been on the team’s radar for quite some time.
“Darrianne is a real talented player who is quick and has an eye for goal,” says Carey. “We’ve been in the process of recruiting her for a couple of years. We saw her play here at the beginning of her grade 11 year and we had her down here for training camp too. It’s been a lot of work to convince her to come, because quality players have a lot of options.”
Carey has continued to tap into a recruiting pipeline with the Blizzard Porto program, after having recruited two Blizzard Porto players last season in Meagan Judge and Allie Morrison.
“I think having the girls from her Blizzard Porto team really helped recruit her for this year,” says Carey. “It’s a strong program they have up there. I can’t wait to see the chemistry the girls have after playing with each other for a few years in Calgary.”
After attending the Kodiaks I.D. camp last season, Holmes said she knew that Lethbridge was the right post-secondary destination to continue her education and soccer career.
“When I came down for the I.D. camp I really loved the team. I liked all the girls and the whole environment,” says Holmes. “I have been wanting to pursue nursing and the course here worked perfectly with the team and the program.”
A multi-sport athlete that also competes in handball and basketball, Holmes says she will be focusing on her fitness training all summer.
“As a player I’m always thinking forward, thinking ahead and running a lot,” says Holmes. “Fitness has always been big for me, so I’ll be working hard all summer. I’m doing multiple school sports as well to keep me in shape for fall. I’m just so excited to play soccer and play at this level.”
The Kodiaks will begin training camp in August, with ACAC regular season play to begin in September.