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May 17, 2014

Hayhurst signs with Bethany College

PLEASANT VALLEY — East Fairmont’s Ian Hayhurst took the next step to continue his soccer career at the next level Friday when he signed his National Letter of Intent to play soccer at Bethany College during a ceremony at East Fairmont High School.

Hayhurst, a four-year letterman and two-year captain for the Bees, said that he was considering a number of schools, including Davis & Elkins, Thiel, Shepherd, Wheeling Jesuit and Waynesburg, but ultimately decided on Bethany because of its academics and athletics.

“They seemed like they were best prepared for me not just for athletics but development into a better person so I can be most successful after I graduate,” he said.

He plans to major in pre-physical therapy and minor in business and hopes to someday start his own practice.

“It keeps me involved with athletics because I can help athletes recover from injury,” Hayhurst said.

Over four years with the Bees, Hayhurst racked up numerous accomplishments and individual accolades. He was selected to the first-team all-state teams in 2012 and 2013 and was all-Big 10 first team in 2013 and all-Big 10 second team in 2012.

Last season the center back played an important role in helping the Bees to the state championship game.

“It's always special to have a player like Ian move on and continue his career,” said the coach of that team, Fred Roman. “It really tugs at the heartstrings to know some his accomplishments will continue to the next level. I'm proud of him and I know he's going to do a great job.

Hayhurst credited Roman and Parker Kwafo, his travel coach with the Fury IX, for helping to develop him into a college-level athlete.

Roman is confident that  Hayhurst will be able to step in and make immediate contributions to the Bethany program.

“They’re getting a hard-nosed student of the game,” Roman said. “He’s not just someone who loves to play the game but someone who understands and continues to educate himself in the art of soccer.”

Email Mike DeFabo at mdefabo@timeswv.com or follow him on Twitter @MikeDeFaboTWV.

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