Strand’s Belair, Glodack fill leadership roles for Tigers

clemsoc-glodacksaveThe Grand Strand is well represented on the 2014 Clemson men’s soccer squad this season.

Former Socastee High standout Bobby Belair and ex-Carolina Forest goalkeeper Chris Glodack will play key roles for the Tigers this season.

Belair, a fifth-year graduate student at Clemson, was named one of two team captains, while Glodack inherits the starting role between the pipes for the Tigers this season.

“It’s an honor to be captain of this team,” said Belair, who was a three-year captain at Socastee. “There are a lot of guys who’ve been in this program for a long time, so it’s great to be wearing that captain badge. I have to be a role model, on and off the field. It’s really about the little things, doing those things right to set an example for the younger guys coming up.”

Belair red-shirted his junior year after suffering a knee injury, but came back to be one of the team’s leading scorers over the next two seasons. He closes out his college career this year in hopes of making it his best yet with the Tigers, who went 11-7-3 and made the NCAA Tournament.

“I think last year was great because Coach (Mike) Noonan finally got the pieces of the puzzle coming together and we were able to link it all together on the field,” Belair said. “A lot of it has to do with growth. It was a very mature team last year and we have a very mature team this year. We have a lot of experience on this team as well, and a lot of leaders, but we also have quite a few new faces. We’re looking forward to the leaders stepping up and showing the new faces how it’s done.”

One of those younger players is redshirt junior Glodack, although he also will be filling a leadership role. Glodack has seen significant action at goalkeeper for the Tigers but steps into the starting role this season. Glodack posted a 5-1 record in six starts last year.

Clemson opens the 2014 regular season on Aug. 29 against visiting Radford.

Photo courtesy of CU Athletics

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