Deerfield-Windsor athletic director Gordy Gruhl congratulates Andrew Sullivan after Sullivan signed with Maryville College on Wednesday. (Staff Photo: Tim Morse)
ALBANY — There was something about the bagpipes that sold Andrew Sullivan on Maryville College.
So, Sullivan wasted little time.
The Deerfield-Windsor soccer standout signed a letter-of-intent Wednesday afternoon with the NCAA Division III school in Maryville (Tenn.). The school’s mascot is the Scots, and The Herald’s 2013 player of the year runner-up in boys soccer will head seven hours north to the Tennessee Great Smoky Mountains foothills to continue his playing career.
“I just want to contribute as much as I can,” Sullivan said.
On Sullivan’s fathers side, he said there is a rich Scottish heritage, so when he heard the bagpipes playing at a Maryville soccer game, he knew he wanted to play there.
“My grandfather used to have bagpipes as his ringtone,” he said. “I couldn’t be more proud of my Scottish heritage.”
The senior chose Maryville over Suwanee.
Deerfield-Windsor coach Aly Joslin said Maryville will be a good fit for his standout player.
“When he was a sophomore, he came from a big public school in Florida to a smaller private school here,” Joslin said. “He has a strong academic background and he’s pushed on, translating into a small private school at the next level. He’s comfortable in that setting, and I know he’ll do very well.”
Last season, he led the Knights with 24 goals and 21 assists while garnering a spot on the GISA Class AAA all-state team.
While classmates filled the media center to witness his signing, Sullivan smiled. He could hardly believe he fulfilled one of his lifelong goals.
“I’ve been wanting to so something like this for a long time,” he said. “Everybody there is kind of like family. I’m just looking forward to it.”
With a scholarship signing out of the way, Sullivan can concentrate on helping the Knights back to the state tournament.
“I want to help win a championship,” he said. “That would be the first one.”