DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire head men's soccer coach Rob Thompson announced Friday that Bryan Stewart (Swanzey, N.H.) has joined the men's soccer program for the spring semester 2004. Stewart, a 2003 graduate of Monadnock High School, deferred enrollment in the fall to participate in a soccer training program in Holland.

"I feel fortunate to have Bryan with the team earlier than expected. It will be a great benefit for him to become incorporated into our program throughout the spring and become more comfortable with his teammates,” said Thompson. "Bryan has exceptional pace and can play in the midfield or up front. His experience in Holland will allow him to adjust quickly to the collegiate game."

A 5-foot-10 midfielder, Stewart was a first-team All-State selection in 2002. He also garnered All-State accolades in 2001 and 2000 and is the all time leading point scorer for the Monadnock High School varsity soccer team. Stewart was a five-year member of the New Hampshire State ODP team and former starting forward for the Boston Eagles and Boston Bulldogs club teams. After graduating, he traveled to Holland to train with amateur club teams DeTreffers and DSVG. Stewart was also a member of the New Hampshire Class I State Championship 4 X 100 meter relay team. A very strong academic candidate, Stewart was President of the National Honor Society and was twice recognized in “Who’s Who in Sports/High School Athletes.”

Stewart will practice with the team during its spring workouts and will help the Wildcats when their regular season begins with the 15th annual Nike Soccer Classic on September 3.

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