Kamiak soccer player commits to Chaminade University
In his gut, Tyler Uddin knew that Chaminade University was right for him.
Uddin, a recent Kamiak High School grad, was offered a scholarship to play soccer at Chaminade University in Hawaii. He will play at outside midfield.
The University of New Mexico, Barry University in Miami, and California Baptist University were also interested in him – but after he received a call from the soccer coach at Chaminade, Uddin had a “gut feeling” that it was the right program for him.
“None of those really felt like the right fit for me,” Uddin said. “I always felt like I wanted a smaller school.”
“I’m looking for a coach that can bring up my game and take me to the next level,” he said. “When I talked to (the coach), I had that feeling.”
Uddin has been playing soccer since he was 4 years old, when his father Zia Uddin introduced him to the world of soccer.
He has played for the Spokane YMCA, Mukilteo Titans and the Northwest Nationals.
He then continued to raise the bar for himself, by playing for premier soccer teams.
“I kind of got to the point where I wanted more,” he said.
Uddin played for Crossfire and Tynecastle, and also attended a training camp called French Soccer Academy, where he trained with former Seattle Sounders player Sebastien Le Toux.
Crossfire coach Mark Metzger said he is proud of Uddin’s accomplishments.
“Desire is key to any successful person and it was clear from the first time I trained Tyler, he wanted the ‘next level,’” Metzger said. “As a person he displayed great leadership qualities such a character, integrity and compassion.”
Uddin played at Kamiak for all four years, playing JV as a freshman and varsity thereafter.
He received Honorable Mention for the League for All Wesco and Most Improved in 2010 and Second Team All Wesco and Coaches Award for Kamiak in 2011.
As a senior, he received the First Team All Wesco, First Team All Area for the Herald, and Athlete of the Week for the Herald and the Mukilteo Beacon. He was also varsity team captain.
Uddin said his special influences in life are his parents, Sebastien Le Toux and Coach Mark Metzger.
Uddin plans to major in business at Chaminade.
Kevin Chaney is an intern for the Mukilteo Beacon.