The University of Northern British Columbia Men’s Soccer team has added a serious dose of competitive IQ, officially announcing the commitment of cerebral midfielder Noah Ballinger for the 2019-2020 Canada West season.
“Honestly, I am so excited to be here. The team feeling and team dynamic is so good, and the level of play is so good. It is way better than I expected, and it has been fun so far. I am hoping it will just get better from here.”
The six-foot centre mid looked into a number of universities in Canada and the United States, but said the combination of many factors helped him decide on UNBC. The tremendous academic reputation of the institution was a major aspect of the decision, as were the facilities, and overall culture around the Timberwolves.
“The admissions teams and anyone I have worked with from the school, I felt they cared about me and had my best interests at heart. It made everything to do with school a lot easier. That just helped make the decision. As well as soccer, of course. I am super excited about that.”
Ballinger is a versatile and adaptable athlete, with a keen sense on the defensive end of the pitch. He is deceptively fluid, and distributes the ball with purpose. A product of the Vancouver Island Wave program, he is looking forward to learning the game further under Timberwolvs coach Steve Simonson.
“I bring a calm sense to the team, hopefully. I like to get the ball and give it. I don’t dribble a ton, but I like to pass it around and make plays that way. I hope that’s what you can see from me.”
Simonson is quick to compliment his newest TWolf’s approach to the game. He has seen Ballinger’s game develop over the years, and is ready to add a character individual like Ballinger to the green and gold.
“I am very happy to have Noah join our program. He tends to fly under the radar a bit, due to his simple but effective playing style, but he is an incredibly intelligent young midfielder. I really believe he is a perfect fit for us as we transition into the next phase of our program. I can’t wait to see what the future looks like for him with us.”
Ballinger graduated from Glenlyon Norfolk School with Straight A’s, and will enroll in biochemistry at UNBC, in hopes of eventually pursuing medicine. He and his Timberwolves teammates open the season on the road this week against the UBCO Heat. With a cerebral approach to everything he does, Ballinger is aware of the TWolves’ upward trajectory, and hopes to be a part of further success moving forward.
“I think we are just going to get better. There is only one player graduating this year. We have been working really hard, we’ve had player meetings without the coaches, and everyone has a really good mindset. Everyone is working really hard towards improving and doing the best we can. Honestly, I think it’s just getting better from here.”