CHARLOTTE, NC -- Johnson & Wales Women's Soccer Head Coach Matt Hisler has announced Leah Bragaw as the first signing for the 2021 recruiting class. The goalkeeper is a native of Vienna, VA, where she attends James Madison High School. She also plays club soccer for Vienna Youth Soccer, who currently sit in first place in the U18/U19 ECNL Girls Regional League- Virginia with a record of 7-1.
"The joining process was extremely easy. The coaches and team were so supportive and made me feel like family when I came to visit," said Bragaw. "They are some of the nicest people you will meet. I cannot wait to play soccer at JWU next year."
Leah is the daughter of Carey and Mark Bragaw and has two siblings: Lindsay and Lauren. She plans to major in Baking & Pastry Arts. While in high school, she was an Honor Roll student and was also recognized as Student of the year - Culinary Arts.
"Last year in my Culinary Arts class, a chef from Johnson & Wales came to do a guest meal for our class. As he was asking for volunteers, everyone in the class yelled my name, so I was the chef's helper for the meal," reflected Bragaw on why she chose JWU. "The chef was so encouraging, saying I was doing an amazing job. After the demonstration, he talked about the school and what areas of study there are. He gave me a brochure of the school where it listed all of the majors and the sports teams available. He said that he studied at the Johnson & Wales Charlotte campus. As soon as he finished talking about the programs and the school, I had a feeling in my heart that this was the school I wanted to go to. Seeing that the charlotte campus had a Women's Soccer team, I immediately wanted to do more research about the school to see if it was a good fit for me. Turns out it was."
"I am really excited to have Leah Bragaw coming to play for us in 2021. She is an outstanding goalkeeper that will raise our level of play immediately. She has grown up in an excellent environment where she has been introduced to top level training methods, the highest level of competition, and she has matched that with diligent work ethic," commented Hisler on the 2021 addition. "As a person , she sets high expectations for herself and prepares herself to succeed. The assistant coaching staff really did an outstanding job both in identifying this young lady and in building the relationship with her."