CUTHBERT, Ga. -- Andrew College Men's Soccer standout, Fredrik Ackander, has found his next collegiate home. The native of Vasteras, Sweden, will trade the Andrew blue and gold to don the green, white and black of the University of South Carolina Upstate next season after anchoring the Fighting Tigers defense during his two years in Cuthbert.Along with captaining the Fighting Tigers during both his freshman and sophomore years, Ackander also earned all-Region honors for NJCAA Region 17 in both seasons.
Head men's soccer coach, Taylor Jones, had high praise for the Swedish defender. "As a coach, you really can't ask for more of a player than what I got from Fredrik," said Jones. "He exemplified the ideal collegiate student athlete, excelling on the field and in the classroom while taking on a leadership responsibility that demanded a lot of time and energy."Ackander will become the first Andrew Men's Soccer player in 25 years to sign an NCAA Division 1 scholarship.
When asked what his fondest memory of his two seasons of playing in Cuthbert was, Ackander recalled a come-from-behind victory against Thomas University during his freshman year, where the Fighting Tigers battled back from a 4-1 halftime deficit to win the game in overtime. While Ackander has been very successful at Andrew, he knows he still has work to do to improve as a player. "I am constantly trying to improve my soccer abilities to become the best player I can be," said Ackander.
When asked what makes Fredrik a special player, Coach Jones didn't hesitate in his answer. "Fredrik simply cares about every detail of being great in every aspect," said Jones. "Whether it be conditioning, technique, the proper mentality leading into games, his leadership on and off the field, or his grades, I have never seen a player so obsessed with ensuring that he improve himself and everyone around him."
Ackander joins a USC Upstate squad led by Scott Halkett, who will enter his third season as the Spartans head coach this Fall. USC Upstate, located in Spartanburg, S.C., has a student population of around 6,000 and their athletic teams compete in the NCAA Division 1 Big South Conference. Ackander plans to earn a degree in Business Administration at USC Upstate, and intends to eventually earn a master's degree.