For students, there are always multiple reasons for why transferring is a typical part of this country’s higher education system. Some explanations for transferring include: easier distance and transportation, friends are attending another school, the price of the school, completion of majors or just not liking the school.
These are common reasons why people choose one university to another. But what about for the student athlete? In high school, an athlete gets recruited, usually by multiple universities, and goes through a long process of picking the school that has the best combination of athletics and academics.
Then after about a year of attending said university, that athlete could transfer to another university which they believe to be better for them. On this campus, two of the university’s athletes followed a similar path, as soccer standouts Jacques Francois and Chloe Buehler, both transferred to UNC-Greensboro from different universities last year.
Buehler, a redshirt sophomore from Toledo, OH, spent her freshman year redshirting on the Penn State bench. In her first season playing for the Spartans last year, Buehler was named to the Southern Conference All-Freshman Team. In the classroom, she was awarded the SoCon Commissioner’s Medal for maintaining a GPA above 3.5. Earlier this season, Buehler was named the National Player of the Week by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
Francois spent his freshman year at Louisburg College. During his freshman season, Francois started 15 matches and led his team 14 goals and 9 assists. In his first year with the Blue and Gold, Francois started 15 games at forward and tied for the lead on the team in points with eight. Also, his performance in the Southern Conference tournament led to his selection on the SoCon All-Tournament Team.
Both players gave their reasons for selecting UNCG when they transferred.
“The reason why I transferred here to UNCG is because I felt in love with the campus when I first stepped foot on campus,” Francois said. “Also, I liked how the teammates treated me when I visited and I want to make the team better.”
Buehler gave her sentiment on why she transferred to UNCG as well. “I wanted to go somewhere down south where the weather was nicer and I had a good relationship with coach Michael Coll,” Buehler said. “It is a good place where I can grow as a player and student.”
Buehler also described the adjustment from moving 500 miles from Pennsylvania to North Carolina.
“I think the girls and the coaching staff have done a great job in helping me and any new player that comes through to settle in,” Buehler said. “We have great team chemistry and I like the campus’ environment.”
While Buehler traveled a long way to become a Spartan, Jacques Francois traveled a little longer. Born and raised in Haiti, Francois played soccer at Fort Myers High School in Florida. He talked about when he first came to the US.
“To be honest there was not any culture shock me when I came here to this country and the only thing that really interested me the most is that this country give you opportunity to become someone one day,” Francois said.
One thing the two have in common is their goals for themselves and their teams this season.
“What would be my successful year is that to win a SoCon championship and make my dreams come true,” said Francois.
Buehler said, “As a team, we want to win a Conference championship and go to the NCAA tournament. It has not happened her in a few years and we want to return back to that winning tradition.”
Last weekend and this current week has marked the beginning of the men’s and women’s soccer team’s Southern Conference schedule. Over the weekend, the Women’s team defeated Western Carolina Friday and fell to East Tennessee State University Sunday afternoon.
The men’s team will play their second conference match this weekend, as the team travels to South Carolina to face Furman before returning back to campus to host East Tennessee State on Oct. 6.
The women’s team finished off their five game homestead last weekend and will spend the next two weeks on the road facing in conference rivals.