Former Providence Panther Garza Joins JWU Men's Soccer

Former Providence Panther Garza Joins JWU Men's Soccer

Charlotte, NC - Johnson & Wales Charlotte Men's Soccer Coach Matt Payne announced that Charlotte native Drew Garza is staying home to play his college soccer as he joins the JWU men's soccer program as part of the 2020 recruiting class.

Garza is a 2019 graduate of Providence High School, where he played under Coach Nicolas Sosa. Garza helped Providence to a 37-10-4 record during his junior and senior seasons. The midfielder played club soccer for Charlotte Soccer Academy for Coach Tyler Andrus. In spring 2019, Garza captained his CSA Matthews King team to a state runner-up finish in the Kepner Presidents Cup.

"Location was super important when making a decision. I've always wanted to stay and play local ball and Johnson & Wales gave me that opportunity," commented Garza on joining JWU. "Thanks to coaches Matt Payne and Matt Ford, I will be able to receive a fantastic education while playing on an even better team."

Drew is the son of Megan and Rob Jacik and he plans to major in Psychology.

"Drew is a great pickup for us. He's a versatile athlete that can do many jobs at a high level," said Coach Payne on the addition. "Drew was the first student-athlete that Coach Ford [Assistant Coach Matt Ford] identified and evaluated, and it's exciting to see that process come full circle. Over the years, we have had some great players from CSA Matthews and now Drew continues that connection."