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Alder Announces Additions

February 21, 2008
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Liberty Head Coach Jeff Alder has announced the additions of two student-athletes for the 2008-09 academic year.

Liberty Head Coach Jeff Alder has announced the additions of two student-athletes for the 2008-09 academic year.

Liberty head men's soccer coach Jeff Alder has announced student-athletes Juan Nino and Alex Verville have signed national letters of intent to join the 2007 Big South Champion Liberty
Flames and attend Liberty University during the 2008-09 academic year.

Nino, a native of Katy, Texas, has been named by topdrawersoccer.com as one of the top 100 freshmen to watch in 2008. The 5-9, 140-lb. midfielder/forward has attended Addias ESP in 2007 and participated in two National team camps. Named All-Greater Houston in 2006 and 2007, the Cinco Ranch High
School senior has been a member of the Texas Olympic Development Team from 2002-07. In addition, he has led his club team, Texans FC, to the South Texas State Championship.

"Juan is a great fit for Liberty, on and off the field of play," stated Alder. "He is very gifted technically and has demonstrated the ability to solve problems under duress. His ability to make other people around him better is one of his best characteristics."

Verville, a native of Rochester Hills, Mich., is a two-time all-state and all-region team member. He has participated in the state Olympic Development Program since 2002. Verville led his club squad, Vardar, to six State Cup and regional championships. He was MVP of the 2004 State Cup. The 6-0, 175-lb. Adams High School senior finished his high school career with 57 goals and 71 assists. In 2004 and 2006, he was a key component in helping Adams reach two state semifinal games.

"Alex has all the measurable skills. His size and athleticism will allow him to impact and influence the game in a few different spots," commented Alder. "He is a true left-sided player with the ability to disjoint the defense, both with and without the ball. Alex has a great daring in the final third of the field and will be a great fit for our team and the Liberty community."

Liberty posted a 13-5-2 mark and captured its first-ever Big South Championship in 2007.