CHICAGO – Erik Diaz, a senior center back at Chicago Academy in Chicago, recently signed a letter of intent to continue both his athletic and academic career at Saint Xavier University as a member of the Cougar men's soccer program. The Peňa, Mexico native will be a freshman at SXU in the fall of 2013 and compete for playing time at the center back position. Saint Xavier University men's soccer coach Ed Vucinic loves that fact that not only is Diaz impressive on the soccer field, but is also a very focused and talented student as well.
Diaz is the son of Manuel and Anabel Diaz. He is currently coached by Sean Hamilton at Chicago Academy. In 2012, Diaz was named to the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association (IHSSCA) Honorable Mention All-Sectional Team. He plans to pursue a degree in business administration at Saint Xavier University.
"Erik's decision to continue his education and soccer career at Saint Xavier has us pretty excited around here," said Vucinic. "He's got a long list of great attributes starting with the fact that he is a fantastic student, who has shown a focus and dedication to his education. That naturally leads to the great leadership qualities he possesses, which is a necessary component for a quality center back. From there, you can add in great athletic ability that begins with great speed to start and a second gear when needed. What I really like about Erik is that all of those qualities are wrapped up in a fiery competitive spirit. I think he's got a huge upside and can't wait to see how his time as a Cougar unfolds."