Charlotte, NC - JWU Men's Soccer Coach Matt Payne has announced Evan Retzlaff as the latest signing for the 2020 recruiting class.
Retzlaff is a central midfielder from Wake Forest, NC. He attends Heritage High School, where he served as captain his senior season. At Heritage, he helped claim two conference championships, advancing to the 4A East regional Championship his sophomore year. He also represents North Carolina Football Club, one of the largest youth clubs in the country. In both the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 seasons his NCFC teams won the Kepner Presidents State Cup, and advanced to the regional semifinals in 2019. In 2019, Evan spent three months in Sitges, Spain playing soccer at TOVO Academy under the tutelage of Todd Beane.
Evan is the son of Karen and Tommy Retzlaff, and plans to major in Media & Communication Studies. Academically, Evan has twice earned Academic All-Conference Awards.
When asked why he chose Johnson & Wales, Evan responded: "For me, the choice was easy: the location, the culture in the area, and the amount of job and internship opportunities in the area and that the university provides you with made choosing JWU Charlotte easy. However, most importantly, the connection Coach Payne and I have had has drawn me to this program. It always felt easy to talk and communicate with him, Coach Payne and I hold similar values and ideas within the game of soccer, and I think this program will provide me with a place to excel as a player and person."
"Evan is a fantastic young man from a fantastic family. I saw him on the camp circuit last summer, and his technical ability and movement off the ball got my attention, but his mature approach to speaking with college coaches impressed me even more," commented JWU Head Coach Matt Payne. "It's always great to add players from such an excellent club like NCFC and programs like TOVO, but it's even better adding a young man that is invested in what we are building here at Johnson & Wales."