Sterling, VA (February 5, 2015) – Potomac Falls senior, Ryan Tibbs, Jr. has committed to play football at Shenandoah University beginning the 2015-2016 academic year.
“I chose Shenandoah because I felt I would not only receive a great education, but also because of how active they were throughout the recruiting process. Said Tibbs, “Shenandoah was the most consistent with both keeping in touch and building a relationship with me.”
Shenandoah University, established in 1875, is a private, nationally recognized liberal arts university located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Winchester, Virginia. With approximately 4,000 students across more than 90 programs in seven schools, SU offers exceptional opportunities for it’s students to learn in and out of the classroom.
“With coaches calling me almost everyday, it was tough to narrow down the schools I was most interested in to make a decision, said Tibbs. But it was such a relief to make my commitment to Shenandoah. I’m so excited and can’t wait to get to work.”
Tibbs’ head football coach at Shenandoah will be Scott Yoder. Yoder, a 2011 Hobart College graduate, is the third Shenandoah head coach since it reinstated football in 2000. Yoder came to SU in 2013 after 12 years as an assistant coach at Hobart College. For the last six years of his time at the powerhouse Geneva, NY school, he was the defensive coordinator whose squads captured 5 Liberty League titles, including 2011 and 2012. “My expectations my first year are to gain weight and get stronger in the offseason, with hopes that hard work will result in seeing the field and making an immediate impact.”
Though Tibbs first strapped on his helmet at age six and played football for 12 years, when asked about his fondest memory, his response was of a very recent event. “Beating Briar Woods when nobody but the guys on the football team believed we could win!” The game in question took place on Friday, October 31, 2015. Potomac Falls faced a fourth and goal with less than two minutes to play. Tibbs’ Panthers scored a touchdown off a trick play and followed it with a two-point conversion to seize an 8 – 7 victory over their conference foe.
“I am thankful for my family and Coach Jason Allen for all their support and for being there for me throughout my football career and the entire recruiting process. When asked what advice he’d give others pursuing their dream, Tibbs replied, “Work hard and always give your all at whatever you have a passion for. If you put the classroom first, it’ll take you a long way and open up a lot of doors.”
Please join me in wishing Ryan Tibbs, Jr. the best during his quest for success on the gridiron, and in his pursuit of a Business Management degree at Shenandoah University.