BLUE MOUNTAIN • Haley McGill made history last Wednesday, June 17, when she became the first signee for the newly implemented Blue Mountain College Women's Soccer program.
McGill is a goalkeeper that played the last two seasons at Itawamba Community College. McGill helped the Lady Indians to a 17-4 record in the 2019 season, where she recorded nine shutouts to lead ICC to a MACJC Championship game appearance.
McGill's skill set will be a welcomed site for a program starting from the ground up. Her part in the building up of the program will be under a familiar face.
In May, BMC announced that Matthew Reeder would become the first head coach for the Lady Toppers. Reeder, a BMC alum, began his coaching career at Saltillo in 2012 and has amassed a 163-80-4 record as head coach of both boys and girls. The New Albany native has a 2018 5A boys state championship under his belt, along with the 2018 Clarion Ledger and Daily Journal Coach of the Year awards.
McGill's familiarity with Reeder, her former high school coach, played a major factor in her decision.
"I really just love the atmosphere," said McGill on what led her to BMC. "I've played for Coach Reeder before so I have a lot of experience with him. Just coming in and helping him get a program started—I just had to do it."
BMC's soccer programs will not begin play until the 2021-2022 season with current construction going on at the campus to build a soccer field. Despite the year lay off, McGill will enroll at BMC this fall to take courses. When McGill takes the field as a Lady Topper, she will still have two years of eligibility remaining.