Joined by family, teammates, teachers and friends, Spartanburg Day School senior Ben Bareiss committed Thursday to play soccer at Coker University.
At SDS, Ben has served as an integral player for the Griffin soccer program since the sixth grade. Last year, he was a key contributor to the team’s journey to the SCISA 2A state semi-finals. He has scored five game-winning goals and is in the top 10 for career points during his career with the Griffins.
“The last 12 years have been filled with nothing but positive experiences,” Ben said. “SDS has provided me with all the resources to grow as a student, athlete, and person. All the teachers and coaches have provided unique advice and information to help me succeed in the future as a college student and athlete.”
Varsity Boys Soccer Coach Nick Buxton said he is excited to watch Ben continue developing his skills at the collegiate level.
"I have seen Ben grow and develop into a great athlete,” Buxton said. “His work ethic, attitude and passion for soccer has given him the platform to succeed. I'm proud to have had the opportunity to coach him, and I can't wait to see him have a successful college career."
Ben is described as determined, dedicated and hard-working – attributes that have positively impacted his presence on the soccer field and as a student-athlete at SDS.
“Ben has contributed so much to our athletic program,” said Athletics Director Joy Couch. “His contributions on and off the field have benefited his teammates and our school community. We wish him the best and look forward to watching his continued success after graduation.”