Men's Soccer Signs Two
More to National Letters of Intent 3/24/03
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt men’s soccer head
coach Tim McClements received two more commitments for the
2003 season, as goalkeeper Conor Ellinger (St. Louis, Mo./Chaminade)
and forward Curt Hinds (Charleston, Ill./Charleston) signed
National Letters of Intent to play for the Commodores. With
the additions of Ellinger and Hinds, McClements has now signed
10 players to National Letters of Intent. McClements already
has five players from the state of Texas and three from Oklahoma
For a biography and a quote from McClements on each recruit,
please read below.
St. Louis, Mo. • Chaminade
High School: Member of Chaminade H.S. School soccer
team which won the Missouri State Championship in 2001 and
2002 … Squad finished with a high school national ranking
in the top 10 in both 2001 and 2002 … Recorded an amazing
51-0-3 record in goal from his sophomore through senior seasons
… Finished 2002 season with an amazing 0.25 goals against
average … Earned All-State, All-Region and All-District
honors in 2002 … Named Great Midwest Classic Most Valuable
Club: Currently plays for the Bush Soccer Club.
Personal: Conor Leo James Ellinger born February 6,
1985 ... Conor is one of Jean and Edwin Ellinger’s two
children ... Member of the Honor Roll from 1999-2002 ... Sports
Editor of Chaminade High School’s school newspaper …
Conor lists pre-medicine as his possible major at Vanderbilt
... Conor’s father was a goalkeeper at the St. Louis
University … Was also recruited by such schools as St.
John’s, Notre Dame, St. Louis, Cornell, Dartmouth, Michigan
State and Ohio State.
Comment on Ellinger from Vanderbilt head coach Tim McClements
"Conor is a goalkeeper with great size and physical tools.
At 6'4", Conor is very dominant in the air, yet he is
also an excellent shot stopper. He comes from an excellent
soccer background, and we are very excited about his potential."
Charleston, Ill. • Charleston High School
High School: Named two-time Illinois All-State recognition
by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)
... Earned NSCAA All-Midwest Recognition ... Named Player
of the Year in 2001 and 2002 by the Decatur Herald & Review
... Tallied an amazing 96 goals and 74 assists for 266 points
over his high school career, which is a school record ...
Singles-season record holder at Charleston with 40 goals and
32 assists for 102 points ... High school team captain his
senior season ... Charleston squad made it to the Illinois
State quarterfinals on two occasions ... Team finished with
a 66-8-7 record over his four seasons.
Club: Currently plays for the Metro Football Club
in Edwardsville, Ill. ... Member of the '84 Illinois State
Olympic Development team, which won the Region III Tournament.
Personal: Curt Allen Hinds born September 30, 1984
... Curt is one of Vicky and Gary Hinds' two children ...
Member of the National Spanish Honor Society and the Honor
Roll ... Recognized by Major League Soccer’s Chicago
Fire as a honorable mention academic all-state selection ...
Was also recruited by New Mexico, Dartmouth and Marquette.
Comment on Hinds from Vanderbilt head coach Tim McClements
"Curt is a forward who also has the ability to make and
impact out wide in the midfield. He is a very quick and tricky
player who has excellent work rate. His work ethic will cause
problems for next years opponents."