Sterling, VA (July 11, 2016) – Dominion’s Breanna Mitchell has commit to play soccer for Elon University beginning the 2016/2017 academic school year.
“I was really excited and relieved when I made my decision, said Mitchell. The stress and travel from college visits was finally over and I could enjoy the rest of my senior year.”
Elon University is a private institution located in Elon, North Carolina, between Greensboro and the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill triangle. It was founded in 1889, has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,782, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 620 acres. Elon University’s ranking in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 edition of Best Colleges Regional Universities (South) is #1. Elon University earns recognition in all eight of the U.S. News & World Report’s lists of high-impact academic programs that lead to student success in college: first-year experience, internships/co-ops, senior capstone, undergraduate research/creative projects, learning communities, study abroad, service learning, and writing disciplines. With recognition in all eight of the U.S. News “Academic Programs to Look For” categories, Elon leads Stanford University and the University of Michigan, which are each listed in six categories; Duke University and Butler University, which are each listed in five categories; and Yale University, Carleton College and Wagner College, which are listed in four categories.
“In terms of the recruiting experience, it was a long process but I realized not everyone will commit when they are sophomores or juniors, said Mitchell. I realized I had to be patient and my time would eventually come when I found the school that was the best fit. In November, my recruitment process was delayed because I broke my fibula and chipped my tibia, and was out of soccer for 5 months. There were times when I didn’t believe I would get a chance to play collegiate soccer. Despite the concern, I worked hard, persevered through the injury, and came back strong.”
“With Elon, I got a school that is in a warmer climate, which is great because I am really not a cold weather person. I was also looking for a school with a good preschool education program and one that also had a soccer team that fit my style of play.”
Mitchell’s head soccer coach will be Chris Neal. Chris Neal begins his ninth season at Elon, and third season in the highly competitive Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). Neal’s impact on the program has been evident during his tenure at Elon both on the field and in the classroom. Not only have the Phoenix been perennial conference contenders, but their student-athletes have consistently earned numerous athletic and academic achievements. Under Neal’s guidance, a total of 19 student-athletes have earned all-league honors over the last eight seasons. Additionally, a total of 34 players have been named to the conference’s All-Academic Teams and Elon has earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award every season during Neal’s tenure. Elon has also posted a winning season in five of Neal’s eight seasons.
Mitchell has played soccer since the age of five. Throughout the years she has played on several different travel teams: the Sterling Phoenix, Chantilly Revolution, Annandale Samba, Vienna Thunder Black, and McLean ECNL. When the two-time Dominion girls Soccer MVP, one-time All-Region, one-time All-Met, two-time All-State, and two-time All-Loudoun soccer star was asked about one of her fondest memories playing soccer since lacing up the cleats, Breanna shared, “One of my favorite memories was winning the state championship in 2014. It will always be one of my fondest memories while playing high school soccer. I was also honored to have been selected 1st Team All State in 2014. Being selected as 1st Team All State allowed me to be put up on the Titan Wall of Fame at Dominion High School. During my 4-years at Dominion I was also able to score 87 goals for the team.”
“I am so thankful for my parents for being supportive of me while playing travel and high school soccer. They have invested so much time and money while watching me pursue my soccer career and I couldn’t be more appreciative. I would also like to thank my first soccer coaches Doug Dorsey and Dave Digitel who made my first year of soccer enjoyable. Some other influential coaches I had were Kab Hakim, Fernando Aires, and Brent Leiba. Nadir Moumen and Clyde Watson were the two coaches who played a key role in helping me choose the right college and I am very appreciative of them as well.”
Asked what advice she’d give others pursuing their dream, Breanna shared, “Whatever sport you chose to play, work hard and have FUN. Don’t become overwhelmed or burn out.”
Please join us in wishing Breanna the very best in her success on the soccer field and in the classroom as she pursues a degree in Early Elementary / Early Childhood education at Elon University.