NEWBERRY — Newberry College head men’s soccer coach, Bryce Cooper, has announced two new additions to the Wolves’ program for the spring season. Joining the Wolves’ for the upcoming season is Eric Brody and Sam Ottley.
Brody, a junior from Orlando, Fla., returns to the roster for the Wolves’ after taking a year off. His family has been heavily involved in soccer, with his brother and father playing at the collegiate level. Brody’s brother, Andrew, currently plays for Real Monarchs, the affiliate team to Major League Soccer’s Real Salt Lake. Brody was featured on The Ocho, a 3v3 world tourney televised by ESPN.
With the Wolves, he logged 1466 minutes and started all 17 matches as a freshman, scoring his lone goal of the year versus Anderson. He tallied 15 shots on the year.
“Anytime we can have guys join the program in the spring is a positive. Especially with Eric coming back in, who already knows how we operate and what our expectations are, it makes it that much more seamless. Eric saw significant time as a freshman and will bring a bit of bite, intelligence and intensity that we lacked this fall,” said Cooper.
Ottley comes to Newberry from Telford, England where he began his career at Wolverhampton at the age of 12. With Wolverhampton, Ottley served four years as captain and led his team to the finals of the National Premier League, before dropping to Chelsea. He signed for then Conference (National League) Premier side AFC Telford United, making four appearances towards the end of the 2014/15 season.
He followed his reign on the team by signing with Barnsley FC based out of Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England. While with Barnsley FC, Ottley competed against elite teams such as Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United. Ottley came to Newberry College because of the future of the team and and the aspirations of his teammates and coaching staff.
His father David Ottley was an Olympic silver medalist at the 1984 Summer Olympics in the Men’s Javelin Throw. Representing Great Britain, his father recorded 85.74 meters in the final round of competition.
“Sam comes to us from a high level environment over in England where he captained clubs like Wolverhampton and Barnsley. He will make an immediate impact to our defense and will be able to get a better understanding of our philosophies and expectations this spring, which will better prepare him and the rest of our team for the fall season,” Cooper said. “We are excited to welcome them both to Newberry and look forward to having them help us continue to build on our successful fall campaign.”