UHV’S Brandon Watts gives us an insight on Jaguars soccer
VICTOIRA, Texas — University of Houston Victoria’s soccer defender Brandon Watts is from England, specifically, he comes from a suburb near London called Sunbury.
Watts came to the United States 3 years ago, but he didn’t start his American adventures here in Victoria. After first attending school in Minnesota he decided to become a UHV Jaguar and joined the men’s soccer team as well as one of the fastest growing international students programs in the country. Watts believes that being among other international students helps to make adjusting to life much easier. He says it allows him to feel included in a community that supports both his and his teammates goals.
“I think it’s important, I think to know that the internationals have their own sort of place they can go if they need it and people they can speak to if they have are struggling and missing home etc, so I think yeah that’s important.”
When discussing how closely the soccer program keeps an eye on its players, Watts says that the coaches and staff are always available for the international students.
“Coaching staff is always there, their doors always open if we need to talk, and they’re always regular contact with us if we need support or anything so that’s always helpful.”
Playing with this group has been great for Brandon and the other international soccer players, especially since their season has been incredibly successful. Watts’ teammate Brody Patience was named most valuable player in the Red River Athletic Conferences Men’s soccer tournament in November and multiple other players from UHV were also honored.
“Yeah it’s good like this year we’ve made history as a team as record and that’s always nice especially to get that as a team it’s nice, but yea we just wanna keep going and be successful”
After graduation Watts wants to stay in the states. He hopes to continue in a professional soccer career but and if that doesn’t work out he wants to become a coach in the sport.
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