Salem soccer standout Colin Easterbrook will be turning in his Seminole uniform for a Florida Gulf Coast University uniform next fall.
Easterbrook has signed a soccer scholarship with the Eagles. Gulf Coast is a Division I school located Fort Myers and competes in the Atlantic Sun Conference. The program completed its first season last fall.
Florida Gulf Coast was a perfect fit for Easterbrook, both in athletics and academics. He first became interested in FGCU after attending a soccer camp.
"I've always wanted to play soccer on the Division I collegiate level, and FGCU made a good offer," Easterbrook said. "It was comfortable and felt like home. Academically, Florida Gulf Coast University is an engineering school, which is something I always wanted to study. It has a great location, and I have family down there."
Easterbrook has played soccer at Salem for four years. From his midfield position, he has tallied 15 goals and 12 assists in his career.
"Colin has been the heart of the boys soccer program," Salem boys soccer coach Sean DeWeese said. "He gives his all in every minute of every soccer game to the point that I sometimes worry about his heart bursting with effort."
Although he is known as a very versatile player, Easterbrook hopes to play right or left midfield wing next fall with the Eagles.
"I know every coach is glad to have such a player on his team," DeWeese said. "Colin will be successful playing soccer at the next level."
While he still has a final season to finish with the Seminoles, Easterbrook is looking forward to his future.
"I am excited to see what my future brings me, and I am looking forward to continuing my soccer career," he said.
Easterbrook is the fifth male Salem athlete to sign a Division I scholarship this school year, joining Terrance Davis (Mississippi State), Corey Shields (Western Kentucky) and Alex Miller (Savannah State) in football and Peter Yates (Virginia Tech) in wrestling.