By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(April 7, 2014) – Broad Run High School senior Derek Fulcher will join head coach Wulf-Dieter Koch at Auburn University at Montgomery where he will continue his soccer career starting in the 2014-2015 school year.
“A tremendous sense of uncertainty has been lifted,” said the 6-foot Fulcher. “I know where I’m going. I finally know what I’m working toward.”
Fulcher is excited to return to the deep south, where he got his start in soccer at the age of three.
“I started playing when my parents started me in a church league in Georgia,” Fulcher said. “I remember having a lot of fun playing, and I am still having fun playing. I like to feel like I am part of a team, I like the challenge and I like to win games.”
Born in Georgia, Fulcher still has family in the south which is one reason he decided to head back to play soccer for Koch and the rest of his coaching staff at AUM.
“In addition to great soccer, Auburn University at Montgomery offered the ideal size school for me. I didn’t want to go to a great big school, but I did not want to go to a very small school either,” Fulcher said. “AUM felt right, the campus felt right and it was near family also. I grew up in the deep south and have been looking forward to returning there.”
Starting in the fall, with hard work, focus and dedication, Fulcher will try to assist the NAIA Warhawks to another national championship after falling to conference rival Martin Methodist, 2-1, in overtime of the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship Match. AUM finished the 2013 season 15-7-2 including a 10-1 record in the Southern States Athletic Conference.
“AUM has got a phenomenal soccer program,” said Fulcher who will play defense for the Warhawks. “I am very excited to go there and hope that I can quickly learn, adapt and contribute to the program.”
Another program which made a run for the biggest championship game of their season was the Broad Run High School boy’s soccer team last spring. In the 2013 season, head coach Jon Hicks led the Spartans to a 15-5-3 record which ended in the VHSL AAA state quarterfinal in a loss to Oakton.
In 2014, Broad Run is off to a 5-0 start with the help of eight college committed athletes including Fulcher, Evan Kalaris, Bryan Magnuson, Wilmer Maldanado, Lucas Martin, Ryan Mayolo, Zach Poretz and JP Reategui.
“We’ve got coach Hicks and some very good players,” said Fulcher who plays club soccer for Loudoun 95 Red. “I really believe that we can go far in the post season, and I am going to be working very hard to ensure that we get there.”
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings and news. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete or a story on a Loudoun County graduate playing in college!