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Open House Draws Soccer Signees

Jim Bills

The Waldorf College men’s and women’s soccer program held its largest open house to date on Saturday, April 10, signing seven new athletes.

The new soccer signees include: Nathan Bartz, Rochester, Minn., John Marshall High School, Erik Hundevad, Burnsville, Minn., Burnsville High School, Karissa Vilks, Maplewood, Minn., North High School, Kristin Maynard, Woodbury, Minn., Woodbury High School, Ariel Council, Gig Harbor, Wash., Gig Harbor High School, Nikki Almanza, Oakdale, Calif., Oakdale High School, and Ari Oliveira, who is originally from Brazil and is currently attending Des Moines Area Community College.

“The first official soccer signing day was incredible,” said head soccer coach Fabio dos Santos. “Waldorf soccer is starting to become a strong tradition in Northern Iowa, bringing top talents from all over the United States and internationally. We were able to sign great athletes, show our school to future athletes, and create a very welcoming atmosphere between our incoming and returning student athletes.”

Throughout the open house, students also had the chance to meet with other offices on campus. “A successful soccer signing day would not have been possible if it were not for the admissions staff, financial aid, marketing, dining services, student life, and all the support staff involved,” said dos Santos. “With the help of these offices and people, we were able to really show our passion for Waldorf College. I think the athletes could see that, and that is one reason they signed with us.”

Located in Forest City, Iowa, Waldorf is a four-year, liberal arts college that delivers engaging experiences through innovative classroom instruction. The college offers residential and hybrid online bachelor’s degree programs including business, communication, music, psychology, theatre, education, fire science administration, criminal justice administration and more.