Dominick Byrne Signs On To Play At Hope College
Dominick Byrne is currently hitting the hardboards with the Fremont Packers as they wind down their regular season and head to the District Tournament.
But it’s what he does with a soccer ball that will send him to Hope College this fall to compete on the playing field for the Flying Dutchmen.
The Fremont senior recently signed a letter of intent to attend the Holland school and we caught up with him to pose a few questions.
DB- To start off both my parents and my Dad’s parents went to Hope so that obviously played a big factor. I've gone to their soccer camp every year since I was seven years old. From day one at my first camp...
...I've always known I wanted to play soccer there. My Dad talked to the coach when I was in middle school and Coach Smith said that to make the team I would most likely have to play Premier (travel soccer), so I tried out for Alliance and made the team. Also I've stayed in the dorms during camp and an overnight visit and I love the campus and the atmosphere.
N3- How did you get interested in soccer? When did you develop a love for the game?
DB- I was pretty much forced to play soccer when I was four because my parents just signed me up and that's how I got interested. I knew I loved it when my team won the "championship" in the u10 division against Mona Shores.
N3- What career path are you pursuing at Hope?
DB- I plan to pursue a degree in kinesiology at Hope and hopefully become a physical therapist or athletic trainer.
N3- You’ve played travel for a number of years. What has being part of Alliance given you? Tell me a little about the celebration at Russo’s with 13 of you signing letters.
DB- Being part of Alliance had given me the opportunity to play soccer with a bunch of very talented young men around west Michigan and make some great friends. It has given me a chance to play twice in tournaments in Las Vegas. The celebration was a tribute to our hard work and to realize our accomplishment that we will play in college.
N3- Who have been your mentors?
DB- First off my Dad taught me at a very young age that if you work hard you will reap the rewards. He was also my coach for many years at the younger age groups. Abe Shearer taught me more about soccer than I could ever have imagined. Abe is my current coach and he's the one that got me on track to play in college.
N3- When not competing on the soccer field or basketball and tennis courts what do you do for fun?
DB- I love to water ski and downhill ski. I hangout with my four closest friends all the time and we compete in everything. Ice hockey in my backyard, video games, ping pong, you name it.
N3- Anything to tell younger players who might aspire to play soccer at the college level?
DB- I would tell younger players that if you put in the work and dedicate yourself, you'll be happy with what you've accomplished.
Dominick Byrne has lettered in three sports while at Fremont where he is a member of National Honor Society, participates in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and plays the saxophone in marching and concert band.
He also spoke to the support of his parents Dave and Rhonda Byrne as a major factor in his success.