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Hellman looking forward to new set of challenges at CIU
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ZACH HELLMAN SIGNED a national soccer letter-of-intent with Columbia International University while flanked by his parents, Tracy and Susan Hellman. Looking on from behind are Lugoff-Elgin athletic director Scott Jones, CIU head soccer coach James Whitaker and Lugoff-Elgin principal Tommy Gladden.
When you father is a high school baseball coach, you spend your springs, summers and falls on the diamond and in dugouts, right?Hey, wait a minute.All it took for Zach Hellman to bypass the baseball field in favor of the soccer pitch was a bit of a nudge from his childhood friend and former Lugoff-Elgin High School teammate, Kyle Brosius. When he was five years old, Hellman took up the sport of soccer and never looked back.That decision proved to be beneficial as the L-E soccer captain of the past two seasons signed a national letter-of-intent to continue his academic and soccer-related pursuits at Columbia International University where he plans to major in Middle Eastern studies.Last November, Hellman, whose father is Crestwood High School head baseball coach Tracy Hellman, visited the CIU campus to take part in a soccer showcase. In addition to getting a feel for the school and members of the Rams’ squad, the Demons’ middle backer caught the eye of CIU head coach James Whitaker.