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Dec, 2018

ALUMNI HIGHLIGHT: TITUS GRANT

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Seattle Pacific standout Titus Grant continues to impress, ending the 2018/19 season with 13 goals, first team Great Northwest Athletic Conference honors, and an United Soccer Coaches All-West Region selection. Behind the awards and accolades, Titus Grant only ever played for one club: the Rush.

At Grant’s core is an appreciation for the coaching he experienced during his developmental career, experience that is clearly paying off in his collegiate pursuits.

“I never had a coach at Rush Pikes Peak that I didn’t like,” Grant said.  “I had Lee Slater as my first coach and Robin Grossman as my final coach. I also had Paul Davidson, Nik Penn, and Scott Palguta as head coaches. Each one of these coaches helped me to become the player I am today. I was able to have many experienced coaches that have played or coached at different levels of soccer. Each coach pushed me to become the player I am today. They saw my potential and didn’t let me get off easy or allow me to take any shortcuts.”


Grant’s selection for the Rush Select Program allowed him to travel to specific tournaments, becoming one of his favorite memories from his time with the club. The Select Program played an integral part in Grant’s recruitment process.


“Playing with Select was really a special opportunity. I was able to play with other selected players from all the Rush teams all around the United States and even international Rush players. Making friendships and building bonds on all my teams was special.”


Grant continued,  “I was recruited by Seattle Pacific University at Surf Cup when I was playing with the Rush Select team. I hadn’t even sent them my schedule, but they still contacted me and ended up being a good fit. My expectations for a program was one that has been successful and had a coach that cared about his players as people, and not just as athletes. I also wanted to find a team where the players seemed to get along on and off the field. On my visits to different colleges I would look for these things to try and get a sense of the atmosphere.”


A student of the game who is still growing in his collegiate career, Grant understands the role Rush has played in developing a holistic player for higher levels of soccer, not just aspects of the game.


“All of these aspects prepared me to be at the level I am at and hopefully will help in providing me avenues to play even after college. I would challenge each player who comes through the Rush program to always show up with a positive attitude to every practice and game. Each opportunity to train and play is a chance to get better. I would also advise each player to set goals for themselves in their seasons. All the staff trainings and finishing sessions were always fun ways to get out and play with other teams in the club. Depending on the position a player plays I would advise them to communicate with their coaches and ask them what they can improve on. This will really help with developing into a great player.”


As Titus Grant looks at his future as a player, he remembers how the core values have intertwined in what they can teach a player and individual.


“The Rush Core values were always taught to us as players in the program. Being part of this club and playing soccer for a team is not something any person can do. As a Rush player we are accountable for all our actions on and off the field. This means on trips when we would wear our gear and represent the club, we had to be respectful and show our unity,” Grant went on.


“As a Rush player you must enjoy the game of soccer. You never know when you will have your last practice or game, so you must give it your all every time you step on the field. Seek advice from coaches and push yourself to become the best you can be. Any player can be a leader on their team. This also relates to unity. Building team chemistry is something that is so important for being successful. If you are the captain or a substitute you can set the tone and make an impact on a game. Always have passion for the game. As one of the most popular sports in the world and watching soccer, I have realized how important passion is in soccer. As a player tenacity is also very important. Becoming a better soccer player is physical and mental. You must have strength in both areas to improve as a player. Work smarter not harder and do your best always because you never know who is watching.


I am looking to have a very successful last two seasons with my collegiate team here at Seattle Pacific,” Gant concluded.  “I have dreams of playing soccer at the next level and am going to push myself to achieve that. While striving to achieve that, I must remain humble and be grateful for each opportunity to play. I hope to be able to help kids achieve their dreams someday as well.”


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