St. James’ Gulledge, Sloan sign soccer scholarships

sjsoccer-signingdaySeniors Conor Sloan and Cole Gulledge have played soccer together since age 6, and on Wednesday both signed scholarship offers to play college soccer in a ceremony witnessed by family and friends at St. James High School. Sloan signed with Furman and Gulledge with the College of Charleston.

The two started playing rec league soccer behind St James Middle at age 6 and were among the first players to form teams at what is now Coast FA. Over the years they won many soccer tournaments and even won the Dixie Youth Baseball World Series as 12 years olds.

They represented St James High School on the JV team for two years and started on the varsity squad as freshmen. During these years the boys played for Coast FA and were only the second team ever from Horry County to reach the prestigious Region III Premier League, where they played the top teams from across the Southeast for two years.

The duo then had to make a very difficult decision to forgo high school soccer and also leave Coast FA to participate in the USSF Development Academy over their final three years of high school. Their Charleston Battery team plays in the highest level of soccer offered in the United States and requires a huge commitment. The boys were required to attend training three times per week out of town and their 10-month season required them to spend many weekends away from home.

Conor and Cole received many rewards along their journey playing for the Development Academy and also the Olympic Development Program. Soccer took them on trips to Mexico, Germany, Norway, Italy as well as all over the United States. Both boys will graduate St James High with 4.4 GPAs while taking on AP level classwork. They were chosen to attend Palmetto Boys State, are members of the National Honor Society and Senior Superlative Award winners.

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