Ex-Sigonella MVP Jacks picks Coastal Carolina

Germantown, Md., senior Ben Jacks, who was the MVP of the 2010 European Division III tournament and the Stars and Stripes player of the year while playing for Sigonella, has agreed to play collegiate soccer at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C., Jacks’ father Matt emailed on Monday.

The younger Jacks, a standout Olympic Development Program left wing and striker with extensive international experience, chose Coastal Carolina over other D-I offers “based on their style and speed of play, coaching staff, and success of both the team –  consistent NCAA tournament appearances – and the players – several All-Americans and professional careers,” according to the elder Jacks.

The elder Jacks was assigned to Walter Reed Military Medical Center after his son’s sophomore year at Sigonella.




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Gregory Broome is an experienced and accomplished community sports journalist. Officially a native of Iowa, Broome grew up a Department of Defense dependent at sites all over the United States and Germany.

He finally settled in Florida, earning a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Central Florida.

Broome began his journalism career in in 2004 as a sports writer for the Ocala Star-Banner in Ocala, Fla., covering high school, college and community sports and earning recognition for his work from the Florida Press Club. In 2009 Broome was named the first sports information director at College of Central Florida, an NJCAA member school, where he launched the program's website and social media pages and revamped its promotional and game-day operations.

Broome joined Stars and Stripes in October of 2012.



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