Waterdown’s Aidan Bauer-Marr to suit up for University of South Florida Bulls men's soccer team

Sports Jun 19, 2017 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

Fresh from leading the Waterdown Warriors boys soccer team to its first-ever OFSAA berth, Aidan Bauer-Marr is headed to the University of South Florida (USF).

The Waterdown native committed to play for the Tampa, Fla., school in February and said interest from USF began in December 2016.

“I went to a showcase at Disney around New Year’s,” he said. “They’d seen me play in December and they’d seen me play again at Disney.”

He said the recruiting process moved quickly after that and he visited the campus in February, noting he received his offer shortly after.

“Within a few days I had to make a decision between a couple of schools,” Bauer-Marr explained. “I ended up deciding on the University of South Florida.”

He said part of what led to his decision is the strong history of the program.

“Last year, they had three players drafted in the MLS (Major League Soccer),” he said. “Their facilities are beautiful — grass fields, grass training facilities, their stadium is gorgeous.”

The 17-year-old defender said he also liked the coaching staff and the team’s style of play appealed to him.

“They keep the ball, possession-wise,” he said. “They play quick.”

He noted the soccer team has been to the American Athletic Conference final three of the last four years.

“The coaching staff also has a great history of putting players into the MLS,” he said, adding two of the coaches also played pro.

USF Bulls men’s soccer head coach Bob Butehorn said the team feels Bauer-Marr is a good fit for the program.

“We hope to see some growth and development,” Butehorn said of what the team is looking for out of the freshman. “He’s got a good frame for the next level.”

Bauer-Marr said he plays a physical, smart and calm game, relaxed on the ball.

“I’m very defensive-minded,” he said, adding he prefers playing right back or centre back.

Bauer-Marr travelled to Tampa June 19 and plans to take summer classes throughout July. He will be studying business administration at the university.

Heading into next season, Bauer-Marr expects to make a contribution from the start.

“I think I’ll get a chance to contribute right away — I believe that’s what they’re looking for me to do,” he said.

Butehorn noted there will be a transition period for Bauer-Marr.

“As a freshman, it’s a time to get yourself acclimated to the college game and the college environment and atmosphere,” he said. “We believe that he’s got all the characteristics — we hope to get some productivity out of him the first year.”

Heading into his first collegiate season, Bauer-Marr he’ll have to be mentally tough, adding a lot of the other freshmen play for MLS academies or are from overseas.

“Just preparing myself mentally, knowing that I might have a bad day, might have to come back to the next training session stronger,” he noted. From a physical standpoint, he said he’s been running a lot and weight training to prepare for the physical rigours of the college game.

“At my position they expect me to be physical,” he said.

Butehorn took over the USF program after being the head coach at Florida Gulf Coast University and said there will 15 or 16 new players — including Bauer-Marr — so he noted there will be a period of adjustment for the entire team.

“We’re looking forward to having him here,” he said of Bauer-Marr. “I think he’s going to be one of those guys that we’re going to enjoy watching develop.”

In terms of the jump to playing at the college level, Bauer-Marr said he’ll have to adjust to the speed.

“It’s a lot quicker,” he said. “The pace of the game is very fast.”

However, he noted at the Vaughan Soccer Club he often trades with older players, as well as ex-professional players and some from the university ranks.

“That really helps me prepare,” he said.

The WDHS graduate said he’s been playing soccer since he was three, adding his parents put him in a bunch of sports and soccer is the one he excelled at.

He added he’s drawn to the culture of the game.

“The history of it is great,” he said. “The people you meet — I’ve met people from all around the world.

“It’s a great sport to be around.”

While his college soccer career hasn’t begun yet, Bauer-Marr said he’d like to continue playing beyond university.

“It would be ideal to be able to play after university,” he said. “That would be great.”

“MLS seems like a great option — and if not there are plenty of leagues over in Europe,” he continued. “If not that, coaching is always an option.

“If you have a love for the game it’s hard to step away from it.”

Waterdown’s Aidan Bauer-Marr to suit up for University of South Florida Bulls men's soccer team

Sports Jun 19, 2017 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

Fresh from leading the Waterdown Warriors boys soccer team to its first-ever OFSAA berth, Aidan Bauer-Marr is headed to the University of South Florida (USF).

The Waterdown native committed to play for the Tampa, Fla., school in February and said interest from USF began in December 2016.

“I went to a showcase at Disney around New Year’s,” he said. “They’d seen me play in December and they’d seen me play again at Disney.”

He said the recruiting process moved quickly after that and he visited the campus in February, noting he received his offer shortly after.

“Within a few days I had to make a decision between a couple of schools,” Bauer-Marr explained. “I ended up deciding on the University of South Florida.”

He said part of what led to his decision is the strong history of the program.

“Last year, they had three players drafted in the MLS (Major League Soccer),” he said. “Their facilities are beautiful — grass fields, grass training facilities, their stadium is gorgeous.”

The 17-year-old defender said he also liked the coaching staff and the team’s style of play appealed to him.

“They keep the ball, possession-wise,” he said. “They play quick.”

He noted the soccer team has been to the American Athletic Conference final three of the last four years.

“The coaching staff also has a great history of putting players into the MLS,” he said, adding two of the coaches also played pro.

USF Bulls men’s soccer head coach Bob Butehorn said the team feels Bauer-Marr is a good fit for the program.

“We hope to see some growth and development,” Butehorn said of what the team is looking for out of the freshman. “He’s got a good frame for the next level.”

Bauer-Marr said he plays a physical, smart and calm game, relaxed on the ball.

“I’m very defensive-minded,” he said, adding he prefers playing right back or centre back.

Bauer-Marr travelled to Tampa June 19 and plans to take summer classes throughout July. He will be studying business administration at the university.

Heading into next season, Bauer-Marr expects to make a contribution from the start.

“I think I’ll get a chance to contribute right away — I believe that’s what they’re looking for me to do,” he said.

Butehorn noted there will be a transition period for Bauer-Marr.

“As a freshman, it’s a time to get yourself acclimated to the college game and the college environment and atmosphere,” he said. “We believe that he’s got all the characteristics — we hope to get some productivity out of him the first year.”

Heading into his first collegiate season, Bauer-Marr he’ll have to be mentally tough, adding a lot of the other freshmen play for MLS academies or are from overseas.

“Just preparing myself mentally, knowing that I might have a bad day, might have to come back to the next training session stronger,” he noted. From a physical standpoint, he said he’s been running a lot and weight training to prepare for the physical rigours of the college game.

“At my position they expect me to be physical,” he said.

Butehorn took over the USF program after being the head coach at Florida Gulf Coast University and said there will 15 or 16 new players — including Bauer-Marr — so he noted there will be a period of adjustment for the entire team.

“We’re looking forward to having him here,” he said of Bauer-Marr. “I think he’s going to be one of those guys that we’re going to enjoy watching develop.”

In terms of the jump to playing at the college level, Bauer-Marr said he’ll have to adjust to the speed.

“It’s a lot quicker,” he said. “The pace of the game is very fast.”

However, he noted at the Vaughan Soccer Club he often trades with older players, as well as ex-professional players and some from the university ranks.

“That really helps me prepare,” he said.

The WDHS graduate said he’s been playing soccer since he was three, adding his parents put him in a bunch of sports and soccer is the one he excelled at.

He added he’s drawn to the culture of the game.

“The history of it is great,” he said. “The people you meet — I’ve met people from all around the world.

“It’s a great sport to be around.”

While his college soccer career hasn’t begun yet, Bauer-Marr said he’d like to continue playing beyond university.

“It would be ideal to be able to play after university,” he said. “That would be great.”

“MLS seems like a great option — and if not there are plenty of leagues over in Europe,” he continued. “If not that, coaching is always an option.

“If you have a love for the game it’s hard to step away from it.”

Waterdown’s Aidan Bauer-Marr to suit up for University of South Florida Bulls men's soccer team

Sports Jun 19, 2017 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

Fresh from leading the Waterdown Warriors boys soccer team to its first-ever OFSAA berth, Aidan Bauer-Marr is headed to the University of South Florida (USF).

The Waterdown native committed to play for the Tampa, Fla., school in February and said interest from USF began in December 2016.

“I went to a showcase at Disney around New Year’s,” he said. “They’d seen me play in December and they’d seen me play again at Disney.”

He said the recruiting process moved quickly after that and he visited the campus in February, noting he received his offer shortly after.

“Within a few days I had to make a decision between a couple of schools,” Bauer-Marr explained. “I ended up deciding on the University of South Florida.”

He said part of what led to his decision is the strong history of the program.

“Last year, they had three players drafted in the MLS (Major League Soccer),” he said. “Their facilities are beautiful — grass fields, grass training facilities, their stadium is gorgeous.”

The 17-year-old defender said he also liked the coaching staff and the team’s style of play appealed to him.

“They keep the ball, possession-wise,” he said. “They play quick.”

He noted the soccer team has been to the American Athletic Conference final three of the last four years.

“The coaching staff also has a great history of putting players into the MLS,” he said, adding two of the coaches also played pro.

USF Bulls men’s soccer head coach Bob Butehorn said the team feels Bauer-Marr is a good fit for the program.

“We hope to see some growth and development,” Butehorn said of what the team is looking for out of the freshman. “He’s got a good frame for the next level.”

Bauer-Marr said he plays a physical, smart and calm game, relaxed on the ball.

“I’m very defensive-minded,” he said, adding he prefers playing right back or centre back.

Bauer-Marr travelled to Tampa June 19 and plans to take summer classes throughout July. He will be studying business administration at the university.

Heading into next season, Bauer-Marr expects to make a contribution from the start.

“I think I’ll get a chance to contribute right away — I believe that’s what they’re looking for me to do,” he said.

Butehorn noted there will be a transition period for Bauer-Marr.

“As a freshman, it’s a time to get yourself acclimated to the college game and the college environment and atmosphere,” he said. “We believe that he’s got all the characteristics — we hope to get some productivity out of him the first year.”

Heading into his first collegiate season, Bauer-Marr he’ll have to be mentally tough, adding a lot of the other freshmen play for MLS academies or are from overseas.

“Just preparing myself mentally, knowing that I might have a bad day, might have to come back to the next training session stronger,” he noted. From a physical standpoint, he said he’s been running a lot and weight training to prepare for the physical rigours of the college game.

“At my position they expect me to be physical,” he said.

Butehorn took over the USF program after being the head coach at Florida Gulf Coast University and said there will 15 or 16 new players — including Bauer-Marr — so he noted there will be a period of adjustment for the entire team.

“We’re looking forward to having him here,” he said of Bauer-Marr. “I think he’s going to be one of those guys that we’re going to enjoy watching develop.”

In terms of the jump to playing at the college level, Bauer-Marr said he’ll have to adjust to the speed.

“It’s a lot quicker,” he said. “The pace of the game is very fast.”

However, he noted at the Vaughan Soccer Club he often trades with older players, as well as ex-professional players and some from the university ranks.

“That really helps me prepare,” he said.

The WDHS graduate said he’s been playing soccer since he was three, adding his parents put him in a bunch of sports and soccer is the one he excelled at.

He added he’s drawn to the culture of the game.

“The history of it is great,” he said. “The people you meet — I’ve met people from all around the world.

“It’s a great sport to be around.”

While his college soccer career hasn’t begun yet, Bauer-Marr said he’d like to continue playing beyond university.

“It would be ideal to be able to play after university,” he said. “That would be great.”

“MLS seems like a great option — and if not there are plenty of leagues over in Europe,” he continued. “If not that, coaching is always an option.

“If you have a love for the game it’s hard to step away from it.”