Tigers’ senior Giddens to join Belmont Abbey soccer program

By Paul Durham

paul@wilsontimes.com |

When Wilson Prep Academy senior Leo Giddens heads off to Belmont Abbey Faculty in August, he’ll be inserting two of his expertise to revenue from for the Crusaders.

Giddens not too means as soon as extra signed his Nationwide Letter of Intent to hitch the boys’s soccer program at Abbey, a member of NCAA Division II Convention Carolinas, turning into the primary Tiger to earn an athletic scholarship for males’s soccer. He would possibly even purchase a band scholarship.

“I’m going to be of their pep band,” talked about Giddens, the son of Andrea and Greg Giddens of Elm Metropolis.

Giddens, who has a twin sister, Andrea, talked about that the twin current from Abbey was the best he acquired relating to finish scholarship cash.

Nonetheless he was already an Abbey fan, having attended a pair of camps there.

“I went there sooner than I acquired geared up scholarships for 2 camps. I’ve been there twice,” he talked about. “One amongst many circumstances I stayed over and I watched the avid avid avid avid gamers put collectively and I acquired to remain contained inside the dorms with them. They have been wonderful to me and I actually beloved the campus as successfully.”

The camps paid off for the 6-foot-Zero, 155-pounder defender. Giddens was furthermore geared up by fellow Convention Carolinas member North Greenville whereas attracting curiosity from Div. I Presbyterian Faculty.

Giddens took a go to to William Penn Faculty in Oskaloosa, Iowa, in February, merely sooner than the coronavirus pandemic swept all by means of the nation, and picked up a proposal from the Statesmen of the NAIA as successfully.

Nonetheless Giddens opted to go together with the Crusaders of head coach John Keating. Abbey is coming off an Eight-7-1 season.

Giddens, who carried out midfield at Wilson Prep, will seemingly play his further pure place and the one he’s carried out with the Wilson Youth Soccer Affiliation — correct as rapidly as additional.

Giddens talked about that he’s heard from coaches at completely completely utterly utterly totally different camps all inform him the an equal keep in mind relation to the place he wants in all probability primarily most likely in all probability essentially the most enchancment.

“All of them about talked relating to the an equal concern: It’s receiving the ball and ball dealing with,” Giddens talked about. “I’m defending barely effectively; I merely should work on my ball dealing with and I’ll be good to go.”

Giddens talked about that his one-on-one security may very successfully be his strongest swimsuit on the sector.

“If a participant has the ball and it’s merely me and him correct there, I’ll most positively get the ball for you,” he talked about.

A four-year pupil at Wilson Prep, Giddens has been a part of all three varsity boys soccer editions. The ultimate phrase two seasons, the Tigers acquired convention championships, together with the 1-A Tar Roanoke Convention of their first season as a North Carolina Excessive Faculty Athletic Affiliation member. First-year head coach Mahlon Mills talked about of Giddens: “Most significantly, Leo is a extraordinarily humble pupil who’s wanting to have a look at each contained inside the classroom and on the soccer subject. Leo is a extraordinarily versatile soccer participant who I can frequently depend upon to play completely completely utterly utterly totally different positions based completely on the character of the sport. A extraordinarily good scholar to work with each on the soccer subject and contained inside the classroom.”

Giddens, who’s a member of each the Beta Membership and Nationwide Honor Society at WPA, can take care of a trumpet together with he can a bass guitar, the latter he performs whereas normally sitting in for his dad on Sundays at Southside Baptist Church merely over the Nash County line.

Whereas Giddens is hoping that life will get as rapidly as additional to widespread by the aim commencement rolls spherical, he’s nonetheless thrilled to have the prospect to play soccer on the collegiate stage — and make Wilson Prep historic earlier.

“It’s very thrilling,” he talked about. “I’m more than pleased with myself and I’m actually grateful that my household has given me these choices to go all these camps to allow them to hunt out my potential.”

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