Pictured above, Joey Reese, accompanied by his parents, receives a hug from Coach Marlon LeBlanc during Senior Night at WVU.   LeBlanc has guided WVU’s men soccer program to four NCAA tournament appearances and a Big East title in 2006.

By LEIGH C. MERRIFIELD

News & Journal Editor

Joey Reese of Bridgeport has always had an interest in soccer.  Actually, it has been a passion since he started playing it during his preschool years!  It was a childhood interest that stuck with him though.  He played soccer at Bridgeport High School and would have liked to continue at the college level but says he had no scholarship offers.

However, although there was no scholarship money at Seton Hill University in PA, the coach there suggested that he be a walk-on … and he did, playing a decent amount for the team there.

“Seton Hill is a private Catholic school and it was very costly, so I later transferred to WVU,” Joey stated.  “I tried out for the WVU men’s soccer team and didn’t make it, but I played on the club team my sophomore year and kept training.  Beginning the second semester of my junior year, I made the team and played through the end of my senior year.”

Joey earned his degree last Spring, having studied International Relations, focusing on international security and diplomacy.  To celebrate his graduation, this past summer he and his cousin Luke took a trip to Iceland.  Joey noted that he has been very blessed to have been able to travel a lot; he has visited nine other countries, mostly around mainland Europe.

“But my cousin and I did some research.  He is also a very outdoorsy person too, and we looked at pictures of Iceland and thought the landscape was amazing … flight costs were doable … it was a safe place to visit … and it was somewhere I hadn’t been, so we chose that as our destination!” he continued.

Joey Reese snaps a few photographs of Iceland’s landscape during his first visit to Iceland…

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