The men's soccer team at UBC Okanagan has received a commitment from Kyle Sears, a central defender / midfielder from Sherwood Park, Alberta, after he impressed at the Spring ID camp.
KELOWNA, B.C. - Kyle Sears will join the Heat men’s soccer team for the 2015-16 fall season.
The 5'11" recruit is dominant in both the central defense and central midfield positions and is the sixth newcomer to sign on with UBC Okanagan and head coach Dante Zanatta’s club for the team’s second year in the Canada West conference.
The B.C. native lived in 100 Mile House from 2001-08 prior to moving to Sherwood Park, AB where he currently plays for Juventus Sports Club in both EYISA T1 and EDSA Premier Division. Sears competes with a youth team as well, which he leads as captain and plays a strong leadership role.
"Kyle did extremely well at our ID camp showing well on the technical side and having a good soccer mind," remarked Dante Zanatta referencing how Sears really excelled at the Spring ID camp held at Nonis Field in Kelowna this past March. "It will be very interesting during preseason to see how he does adapting to the CIS level speed of play. Kyle has a good athletic body and moves well and will fit into our program well for the next four years."
Competitive and defensive in nature, Sears is extremely effective in the holding midfield position. Along with his sheer determination and drive, Sears’ communication skills allow him to be a pivotal player in the centre of the field.
“When I was growing up I was not the biggest, strongest, or fastest player so I learned to be the smartest player which now allows me to read, anticipate and create plays in game” claims future UBC Okanagan Heat player.
Sears “hope[s] to [...be] a player who is reliable and consistent [on] Zanatta's squad”. “I also want to develop into a strong team member and leader for the team's defense and offense to anchor onto,” states Sears.
While coach Zanatta was assessing Sears at the ID camp in March at UBC Okanagan. That was the Bev Facey Community High School soon to be graduate’s first time assessing the UBC Okanagan campus. “I thought that the campus was very nice and could not have been set in a better location.”
Not only talented in soccer, Sears dominates in handball, which he plays on both his high school team - who placed 2nd in the 2015 ASAA High School Provincials- and for the Alberta Team Handball Federation. With the Alberta team, he represented the province in both Germany and Iceland.
Sears also competes on his high school track and field team for the 3000m event-placing 10th at the 2014 ASAA High School Provincials-and the cross country team-placing 30th at the 2014 ASAA High School Provincials.
Sears intends to complete his Bachelor of Applied Science in engineering, likely to specialize in mechanical engineering at UBC Okanagan. “Academically, UBC Okanagan offered me an established, and good quality academic program with a smaller campus where I am able to transition between high school and university,” states Sears.