MEN’S SOCCER ADDS TWO GRANITE STATERS, INCLUDING NH GATORADE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

DURHAM, N.H. - University of New Hampshire men's soccer head coach Rob Thompson has announced that Sean Coleman (Stratham, N.H.) and Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.) have both signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Wildcats beginning in the fall of 2008.   “I have made a consistent effort to bring the best in-state talent to UNH.   Obviously signing the Gatorade Player of the Year and adding another All-New England player is exciting.   This should pave the way for more in-state talent to stay in New Hampshire.”

Coleman, a multi-sport athlete at Exeter High School, played four years of varsity soccer and intends to pursue both soccer and football at UNH.  He recorded 37 goals in his two years with the Blue Hawks and led his team to a high school state championship in 2006 and a final four berth in 2007.  The 6-foot-2 forward was an All-State selection both his junior and senior seasons. He led New Hampshire Class L in goals with 19 his junior year and was an All-New England honoree his senior campaign.  While playing soccer this fall, Coleman helped Exeter win the 2007 Class L state football title as a place kicker.   He was named All-State for his efforts on the gridiron.   In addition to soccer and football, Coleman plays varsity basketball and baseball for the Blue Hawks.

In 2006, Coleman was selected to the Olympic Development Program Under-17 Regional Team and was the leading scorer for Thompson’s Seacoast United, the 2007 USL Super Y League U-17 New England champions.

“Sean will bring a polished finish to our front line. He is very technical and has the size and confidence that will create scoring chances for him and others,” Thompson said. “He is a proven multi-sport athlete in high school, but I am certain his best days in soccer are in front of him.”

Hilton, a four-year varsity soccer player at Merrimack High School, was just named the 2007 Gatorade New Hampshire Soccer Player of the Year.  The 5-foot-8, 160-pound midfielder scored 18 goals and dished out a Class L New Hampshire state-record 28 assists in captaining his Merrimack HS team to the NHIAA Class L State Title.  He finished his career with 43 goals and 65 assists.  Hilton was an All-New England selection and finished second in All-American voting this year. The two-time All-State selection (2006 & 2007) was named 2007 Player of the Year by the Manchester Union Leader and the Nashua Telegraph.    Hilton plays club soccer for the Greater Boston Bolts (Mass.) FC.

“Brad is one of the best central midfielders to come out of the state in the past few years,” Thompson stated. “He’s very comfortable with the ball, can play out of pressure, and possesses a good range of passes. He can play as a wide midfielder, but I expect him to have an outstanding career at UNH in the center of the park.” 

Hilton will team with another Gatorade NH player of the year at UNH next fall.  Current Wildcat junior A.J. Dubois (Acworth, N.H.) won the award in 2004.
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