Carroll Men’s Soccer signs Adrian White
Carroll College head men’s soccer coach Doug Mello has announced that Adrian White formerly of Fort Lewis College (Durango, CO) has signed a letter of intent to play for the Fighting Saints.
White will be coming to Helena this fall as part of Carroll College’s first-ever men’s soccer recruiting class.
"Adrian is the type of player you can build a new squad around. He is a talented player who makes those around him better,” Mello said.
The 5-foot-9 midfielder originally from Plano, Texas played his prep soccer at Plano Senior High School before attending Fort Lewis and redshirting for the Skyhawks program.
“Adrian is an industrious midfielder that has speed and flair to beat opponents down the wing. I look for big things out of him this season and a bright career ahead. We’re thankful he chose Carroll College,” Mello said.
In high school, White was a member of the U.S. Region III Team as well the North Texas State Team. While in Plano, White played club ball for the U16 Academy Affiliate of FC Dallas as well as for the Dallas Texans U18 Academy Team.
“I will bring a great attitude to the team and also have experience playing at a high level and look forward to being helpful early on,” White said.
White, who has four years of playing eligibility, plans to study pre-physical therapy at Carroll College and is excited to begin not only playing soccer, but also his education in Helena.
“Carroll offers a great education, Helena is wonderful and everyone I have met here so far – the coaches, faculty and staff – have been fantastic,” White added.
White joins two Helena products, Dylan Allen and Isaac Bostrom along with Tristan Powers (Missoula), Connor Brandon (Glacier) and Nathan Boone (Whitefish) as recently announced signees.
The Fighting Saints men’s team will begin play this fall with a full schedule under the direction of recently hired Doug Mello previously of Hendrix College (Arkansas).
Soccerwire's Chris Teale
New programs are something of a rarity in men’s college soccer, but one institution joining the ranks this fall is Carroll College of Helena, Mont. in the Frontier Division of the NAIA.
The Fighting Saints have had a successful women’s program for a number of years, and with the school reported to be preparing for a transition to NCAA Division II in the future, the addition of men’s soccer and women’s softball takes their total number of sports teams to 11.
Carroll Men’s Soccer first signing class coming together
Carroll College head men’s soccer coach Doug Mello has announced the signing of five student athletes from Montana who will be coming to Helena this fall as part of the Fighting Saints’ first-ever recruiting class.
Two hometown products, Dylan Allen and Isaac Bostrom along with Tristan Powers, Connor Brandon and Nathan Boone will be onboard for the first season of men’s soccer at Carroll College.
Allen comes to Carroll from North Idaho College. Allen, a forward, has spent two seasons in Coeur d’Alene playing for the Cardinals after completing a stellar career at Helena High School where he led the state in scoring in 2011 and as a junior he helped the Bengals to a state title victory in 2010. Allen was a two-time All-State selection and was named Western Conference MVP as a senior.
“Dylan holds the ball well, he can find open players and that will be a necessity for a young team, he will be crucial for us attacking this fall,” Mello said.
Another Helena High Bengal with a decorated career, Isaac Bostrom, a two-time All-State selection and a team captain on back-to-back state title runner-up teams will join his former teammate Allen.
“The ability to become part of the first ever men’s soccer team here was too good to pass up,” Bostrom said.
The center-mid will graduate with a 3.95 GPA and was a member of the National Honors Society and earned Academic All-State honors this past season.
“Isaac’s a local talent that we’re very excited to have aboard. We’re going to look for him to add a spark for us right away, he’s great with the ball and can become a good scorer for us,” Mello said.
Another All-State player, Tristan Powers a forward out of Big Sky High School, was a Gatorade Player of the Year finalist in 2013 and served as a team captain the past two seasons.
“Tristan can put the ball in the net, he has speed and is good in the air, he has scored a lot on crosses and he will be a go-to guy for us in the future,” Mello said.
The Lolo native set the Big Sky single-season goal scoring record with 18 in helping the Eagles to a third-place finish in the state tournament.
“I want to be a part of the foundation of this program. Carroll hired a great coach with great credentials and I am excited to play for the Saints,” Powers said.
Glacier High School’s Connor Brandon played sweeper, stopper and midfielder for the Wolf Pack and earned All-State honors as well as being named Defensive MVP this past season for Glacier.
“Connor has speed and tenacity and he can win balls defensively and create from there, he’s a good initiating passer and will be a real asset for our young defense,” Mello said.
Four times, Brandon has been named to the honor roll and carries a 3.4 GPA and plans on majoring in education while at Carroll.
“I appreciate coach Mello’s faith in me as a player and a student and I am very excited and honored to be playing for Carroll this fall,” Brandon said.
Center-mid Nathan Boone of Whitefish High School rounds out the first five signings of the Mello Era. Boone, an All-State selection during his junior and senior seasons holds the single season state record (class A) for assists (24 as a junior) and was the class A points leader last season with 46.
“Nathan comes from a soccer family, he’s a real cerebral player that knows how to position himself well in the middle, he’s a good passer and defender we’re lucky to have him,” Mello said.
Boone has a stellar 3.94 GPA and was honored as an Academic All-State selection and is a member of the National Honors Society.
“I hope to bring a winning mentality and am excited to be a part of this program’s beginning,” Boone said.
The Fighting Saints men’s team will begin play this fall with a full schedule under the direction of recently hired Doug Mello previously of Hendrix College (Arkansas).
“All of these players are in-state talents who were All-State and will provide us with a great foundation for building a winning tradition at Carroll College,” Mello said.
By Carroll Sports Information
The 2014 Carroll College men’s soccer schedule has been released, and the Fighting Saints are set to play 17 regular season matches and one exhibition, with six conference matches.
The upcoming season is Carroll College’s first for the new program, headed up by veteran coach Doug Mello.
The Saints were faced with compiling a full schedule under time constraints, but were able to put together dates with many strong teams.
Doug Mello named Carroll College Men’s Soccer Head Coach
Doug Mello, most recently the head coach at Hendrix College, has 37 years of collegiate head coaching experience and will add to that wealth of experience – this time in Helena – as he has agreed to become Carroll College’s first men’s soccer head coach, Carroll College Director of Athletics Bruce Parker announced Monday.
“We are so pleased to have Doug Mello join the Fighting Saints to head up our men’s soccer program. Doug brings unparalleled experience as a head coach and has built programs from the ground up numerous times, which was very attractive to us,” Parker said.
Mello, who first became a head coach at the age of 20, has coached a national collegiate record 1,154 soccer matches (men’s and women’s combined) and has won over 700 games (712-384-58 overall).
“What an honor it is to be the first men’s soccer coach at Carroll College! For the leadership from President Evans to Mr. Parker and committee chair David Thorvilson [Carroll College women’s soccer head coach] to have faith in me to be entrusted with this team and to build a competitive program is something I take seriously and can’t wait to begin,” Mello said.
Carroll College, which announced this February that it would be adding men’s soccer to its athletic program, will become the fifth program Mello has been the principal architect of after starting both the men’s and women’s programs at Siena Heights University (Mich.) and Luther College (Iowa).
“It’s not often that you’re lucky enough to put your thumbprint on a program, being my fifth go-around and having done it successfully in the past, I’m looking forward to getting not only this team started, but a competitive team going right away,” Mello said.
At Siena Heights, Mello’s women’s team was among the top 10 in the NAIA in their first season, and the men’s team at Luther College had immediate success against Division III competition.
Mello and his family were drawn to Montana as they have developed a love for the state after purchasing a home in Eureka six years ago.
“We just love it in Montana. The friendly people, the mountains and outdoor activities are terrific, my family felt that this was a place we wanted to make our home eventually; when this opportunity came I was and am so thrilled to be making Helena home,” Mello said.
Despite Mello’s vast and relatable experiences, Carroll’s new head coach is challenged with putting together a roster from scratch and competing this coming fall.
“I’m fortunate to have done this before and I learned early that you have to really jump in fully right away and get on the phone, hit the pavement and make it to all the tournaments and I’m doing that right now,” Mello said.
Mello has nearly 60 former players coaching in the collegiate ranks in some capacity and expects those connections to greatly help in recruiting and helping to expedite the process.
“We had a tremendous group of candidates for this position. Coach Thorvilson went through over 160 applications and did an exceptional job in bringing exceptional candidates to campus and we feel Doug is well equipped to lead this program and bring success to Carroll College,” Parker said.
Mello believes that an inside-out approach of recruiting talented local recruits from the state first. After mining the Big Sky State, he will look into his previous recruiting areas/connections as well as exploring locations such as Spokane, Boise and Portland that have been fruitful for Carroll in other sports. Finally, he expects to sprinkle in some international and junior college student-athletes.
“Location aside, well-rounded student-athletes that fit the culture here and are the best and brightest academically will be the recipe for a successful soccer program at Carroll,” he said.
In addition to Mello’s coaching resume, he holds a masters degree in counseling from Siena Heights University (Adrian, Mich.)
“In my experience, my biggest job is to develop my players and grow them both as players and into adults. I have so many life-long friendships with great people over the years and I look forward to continuing that here,” Mello said.
Doug Mello’s reputation speaks for itself.
Experience spills from the resume of Carroll College’s final candidate for the men’s soccer coaching vacancy. Mello, who has been a college head coach for the past 37 years, said he was the youngest head college coach in any sport at age 20. He has coached in 1,122 total soccer matches, currently the national collegiate record, and has won more than 700 of those.
According to James Barlow, a young person choosing a college ranks among the most important decisions of their lives. And Barlow, who is seeking to become Carroll College’s first soccer coach, believes that he’s the right guy to bring the best student-athletes to Nelson Stadium’s pitch next fall.
“Picking a college is like deciding on marriage, or buying a house,” Barlow said at Wednesday’s forum in Trinity Hall. “One of my strengths is recruiting, and I’ll be looking for people that are strong academically that will fit the Carroll mold. First, you make sure you have the right person for the place; then you see if they can play soccer.
“Part of my job is to help players make better choices, to develop young men into well-rounded, good human beings, so that when they leave here they become good husbands and fathers.”
Barlow has a history of developing some pretty good soccer teams during his career.
Barlow has been coaching soccer for nearly 20 years, including a combined total of 14 years at the NJCAA, NAIA and NCAA Division II levels.
Over the past five years, his teams have qualified for the D-II playoffs four times.
His latest stint took place at California State University-San Bernardino, where Barlow spent last fall as the men’s interim coach and the Lady Coyotes assistant coach from 2011-present.
The 2013 Cal State men set school records of 12 wins (12-7-4) and 13 shutouts, won the CCAA Southern Division championship for the first time in school history, and wound up ranked No. 14 in the nation.
Barlow began coaching at Granite Bay High School, Calif., in 1997. In three seasons, he guided the boys team to a 45-22-12 record, while his girls squad went 55-7-7.
From 2000-04, Barlow was the men’s assistant coach at Cosummes River College, Calif. He served on the USYSA Olympic Development Program’s head staff from 2000-08, as well.
He then became the first men’s soccer coach at NAIA Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Ariz., a position he held from 2004-11.
During this eight seasons there, Barlow’s team placed as national runners-up at the 2005 Inaugural Intercollegiate Futsal National Championships, and reached the NAIA playoffs twice, in 2009-10.
Barlow spent 2011-13 as the women’s assistant coach at Cal Poly-Pomona, where helped the D-II Lady Broncos to a school record 12-game winning streak, and their first CCAA Conference playoff tournament in eight years.
His degrees include a bachelor of arts in interdisciplinary studies (2001) and a master of education in cross-cultural teaching (2003) at National University. He is currently pursuing a master of physical education in sports management at the United States Sports Academy.
When discussing his coaching philosophy, Barlow said that he’s always learned more from a loss than a win.
“I don’t believe in playing the blame game, you know. It’s the refs’ fault, or it’s the wind’s fault, or it’s the grass’ fault,” he said. “Instead, I want my players to look at themselves, and ask ‘What could I do different?’”
Barlow closed the forum listing several reasons why he should be chosen for the position, concluding with a smile, “and because I’m a nice guy.”
When did Carroll College announce the addition of Men’s Soccer?
The new sport was announced on February 4, 2014.
Who will be the coach for Men’s Soccer at Carroll College?
Carroll College is currently seeking to fill the position of Head Coach, Men’s Soccer. Position description and application details can be found here.
When will Men’s Soccer have their first season of competition?
Men’s Soccer will begin competing in the 2014-2015 academic year.
How many student-athletes will be recruited for Men’s Soccer?
The roster will recruit minimum of 20 new students (first-year and transfer) to the college with the addition of students already enrolled at Carroll College. After the inaugural year, the Men’s Soccer roster will be expected to maintain a roster of 28 student-athletes.
Before the head coach is hired, who can I talk to about Men’s Soccer?
Prospective student-athletes can contact Coach David Thorvilson, Head Coach, Women’s Soccer (firstname.lastname@example.org or 406.447.5518), with questions about the Men’s Soccer program. Coach Thorvilson will chair the search committee for the new Head Coach for Men’s Soccer.
Before (and after) the head coach is hired, who can I talk to about admission to Carroll College?
Prospective students can contact the Admissions Office at Carroll College at 800-992-3648 or visit online at http://www.carroll.edu/admission. Carroll College is a Common Application institution.
Will scholarship dollars be available for student-athletes who compete in Men’s Soccer?
Yes. There are limited number of scholarship dollars available to award to student-athletes for Men’s Soccer in addition to the academic merit scholarship dollars offered in student’s financial aid package.
Will all students on the Men’s Soccer roster receive scholarship dollars?
No. All student-athletes on the Men’s Soccer roster may be qualified to receive academic merit scholarships. In addition, a limited number of student-athletes on the roster may receive scholarship dollars for Men’s Soccer at the discretion of the Head Coach within budget limits.
Where will Men’s Soccer practice and play games?
Men’s Soccer will practice on a college-regulation size soccer field in Centennial Park—immediately east of Carroll College. Games will be played in Nelson Stadium.
When will the Men’s Soccer schedule for the 2014-2015 academic year be scheduled?
The schedule will be developed after the head coach is hired. Conference games will include Rocky Mountain College, Westminster College and the University of Great Falls.