Gaddis Drafted by Philadelphia Union

  • By Grant Dovey
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  • January 12, 2012 10:30 AM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University men’s soccer defender Raymon Gaddis was drafted in the second round (35th overall) of the 2012 Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft Tuesday afternoon by the Philadelphia Union.

“What a tremendous moment for Ray, his family, his alma mater and the WVU men’s soccer program,” coach Marlon LeBlanc says. “The Philadelphia Union have selected a player with limitless potential and versatility.

“Four years ago I made a home visit with Ray and his family during the recruiting process discussing this very possibility. Today, he becomes the first Mountaineer in program history to be selected in the MLS SuperDraft. Congratulations to Ray, who by the way, graduated in three and a half years with over a 3.0 GPA, on this tremendous accomplishment."

Gaddis is arguably the highest decorated defender in WVU history, playing in 73 career games and leading the Mountaineers to two NCAA Tournament second round appearances. Gaddis logged 6,687 minutes in his career and finished with six assists and 24 shots taken.

“It is a great honor and blessing to be selected in this year’s draft,” Gaddis says. “I want to thank all of the coaches, West Virginia University and the athletic department for putting me in the right environment to become a pro. I also want to thank Coach LeBlanc who took a chance on me and thought I deserved to play for WVU. It’s a very exciting moment for me and family and it is what I have dreamed of and worked for all my life.”

Gaddis earned a plethora of awards while attending WVU that include; two-time MAC Hermann Trophy Watch list member, third team All-American in 2010, first team NSCAA all-Northeast in 2009, two-time second team all-BIG EAST, two-time all-BIG EAST Preseason team member and a 2011 CollegeSoccerNews Second Team Preseason All-American.

The Indianapolis, Ind., native graduated in December with a degree in multidisciplinary studies. Gaddis also was a BIG EAST Academic All-Star and a member of Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll and Dean’s List while at WVU.

Gaddis is the eighth Mountaineer and sixth under LeBlanc to be drafted professionally. Former Mountaineers Pat Carroll, Zach Johnson, Devon McTavish, Nick Noble, Adetoye Oshoniyi, Aaron Pitchkolan, Jarrod Smith and Dan Stratford have all seen time on MLS rosters.