Men's Soccer Announces Incoming Class for 2018

Men's Soccer Announces Incoming Class for 2018

The Whitworth University men's soccer team will welcome four new players who have confirmed their admission to the college and anticipate playing for the Pirates next season, according to head coach Morgan Cathey.  The class includes three incoming freshmen and one transfer.  Three of the players are from Washington and one is from California.

"We feel that all four of these young men share the character that will fit easily with our program and will also add a lot to our team as far as the soccer piece is concerned," Cathey said. "We needed to go out this year and find players that we feel will add competition to our group and are young men who really value Whitworth for all that it offers."

Luke Denke
High School: Gonzaga Preparatory School
Club Team: Washington East
Parent's names: Michael and Djedda Denke
Why Whitworth: I really admire Coach Cathey and Coach Lopez. Besides the amazing soccer program, Whitworth offers great academics with a friendly community that I would love to be a part of.  Not only is the campus beautiful, it is close to home, which is important to me. I cannot wait to be Pirate and I am looking forward to this fall.
What is your intended Field(s) of Study: Undeclared  
Club Achievements:
NPL Nationals x5
League Champions x2
Washington ODP/EPD
High School Soccer Achievements:
All League Second Team, 2017
What Coach Cathey says about Luke: "Luke is a local player who we have been very high on for a couple years. Luke has a relentless appetite to learn and impose himself on both sides of the ball. He is a great young man who prides himself in his ability to be a great teammate. Luke can play a lot of roles for us this coming year as he is dangerous as a wide player and can break an opponent's back line through combination and pace."


Drew Wilson 
High School: Hazen High School
Club Team: Pacific Northwest '00 Maroon                           
Parent's names: John & Missi Wilson
Why Whitworth: Whitworth's community and soccer program was extremely impactful on me when deciding on a college. I chose Whitworth because of the amazing coaching staff and soccer program they have built around the players, the beautiful campus, and academics and opportunities that will project me on a path to success in my future field of profession.
What is your intended Field(s) of Study: Secondary Education (Administration)/ Music
Club Achievements:
Washington ODP/EPD
Captain of PacNW Soccer Club team that competed in Donosti Cup in San Sebastian, Spain
Leading goal scorer for PacNW '00 Maroon team
High School Soccer Achievements:
Four-year member of Hazen Varsity Men's Soccer
Captain of Hazen Varsity Men's Soccer (2018 season)
Through junior season, scored 20 goals and recorded 17 assists
All-League Second Team, 2017
What Coach Cathey says about Drew: Drew is an awesome young man who will bring great life and positive energy to our program. He comes from a development model in PAC NW that we really believe in and know that he will have the tools to be very effective as a college soccer player. Drew has a motor that can run all day and we believe he will be someone who will add a lot to us across our front line.


Chase Reidt Chase Reidt
High School/Previous: Central Valley High School, Spokane C.C.
Club Team: Fc Spokane
Parent's names:  Dan & Jody Reidt
Why Whitworth: Growing up in Spokane you are always a fan of your local colleges and sports teams, Whitworth being one of them. I have always been a fan of everything about them, including their education, soccer team, beautiful campus and sense of community. Since the first time I ever stepped foot on the campus I knew that was where I wanted to be so I did everything I could to ensure I would end up there.
What is your intended Field(s) of Study: Pre- med or Business
Club Achievements:
U.S. Club Nationals 2x
U.S club regional champs
High School Soccer Achievements:
Washington State 2nd place and 3rd place
League champs 3x
Regional champs 3x
District champs 3x
What Coach Cathey says about Chase: Chase has been someone we have valued on the soccer side for the past three years. He has a great soccer IQ and plays very much within himself, always making the right decisions and affecting the game in positive ways. He is a fierce competitor and a great teammate. He fits us in so many great ways and we know he will make an immediate impact in our team across our front five positions.


James (Jimmy) Choi    
High School: University High School (Irvine, CA)
Club Team: LA Galaxy OC B99 Tutton
Parent's names: Lisa and Jay Choi
Why Whitworth: One of the most attracting aspects of Whitworth was definitely the community and sense of family. I felt at home when I was with the team. The competitive athletics and academics will allow me to further push myself to become the successful student-athlete I aim to be.
What is your intended Field(s) of Study: Major – Health Science (Pre-Athletic) Minor – Environmental Studies
Club Achievements:
Coach's Award, 2016
Surf Cup Semi-finalist, 2017
Manchester City America's Cup Champion, 2016
West Coast Futbol Classic Champion, 2016
Gothia Cup Participant (Gothenburg, Sweden)
High School Soccer Achievements:
All-League Second Team, 2017
CIF SS DIV4 Quarterfinalist
What Coach Cathey says about Jimmy: In Jimmy, we feel we have a 'taylor-made' GK for our game model. Jimmy is a young man who leads well and is a very confident and secure in his abilities. He is a GK who has great distribution and will contribute a great deal in our build up play, yet he is also great in 1v1 situations and someone who is very difficult to beat. He will be a joy to coach and work with!

"Since we return 10 freshmen from our 2017 season, we knew early on what positions we needed to fill and we could then be very selective while finding those pieces," Cathey concluded. "All four of these young men will help fill those spots and enrich our program! They all really believe in the tradition of our program and we are confident they will steward the gift of Whitworth soccer well."