From Staff Reports
With the start of preseason practice only a few days away, Clayton State Laker men's head soccer coach Pete Petersen announced this week that senior Kyle Timm will serve as the Lakers' captain for the upcoming 2009 season.
A 5-foot-7, 162-pound midfielder from Johannesburg, South Africa, Timm is one of eight starters and 17 returning letterwinners from a Laker team that finished 9-5-4 and 3-0-3 in the Peach Belt Conference last season. An All-Peach Belt Conference performer last season, Timm started all 18 games and directed the Clayton State offensive attack with one goal and four assists for six points.
He is expected to contend for both All-Peach Belt Conference, Division II All-Southeast Region and Division II All-American honors this season. Timm and his Laker teammates report to campus on Sunday for preseason camp, and the first official practice is set for Monday morning.
Clayton State opens the 2009 season on Aug. 27 at Nova Southeastern.
Orndorf Joins Laker Staff
One of the more respected goalkeeper coaches throughout Georgia will be a part of Petersen's staff this season as Trent Orndorf comes on board as the Lakers' new goalkeeper coach.
Orndorf replaces former Laker goalkeeper standout Warren van der Westhuizen, who is devoting his duties full time to the Tucker Youth Soccer Association.
Currently the goalkeeper coach for the FC Atlanta Blackhawks of the Premier Development League, Orndorf brings over 11 experience of coaching at all levels of soccer - club, college and professional. He has previously served on the coaching staffs at both Life and Georgia State at the collegiate level, and served as goalkeeper coach for the Atlanta Silverbacks of the A-League.
Orndorf currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Roswell Santos Soccer Club, and has served in various capacities over the last nine years on the Georgia ODP staff.
A native of Lock Haven, Penn., Orndorf played collegiately at Northeastern Christian Junior College in Philadelphia. He led the Knights to their only two winning seasons, and set the school's single-season and career records for saves. Orndorf's professional playing career included stints with the El Paso Spurs of the USISL and El Paso Patriots of the SISL.
A veteran of United States Army and the 82nd Airborne Division, Orndorf earned his master's degree in Management from the University of Maryland. He holds a USSF "A" and a USSF National Youth License.