signs national letter of intent

Hollinger-Janzen with his parents (Rod and Lynda), Bethany athletic director Benji Hurst (back left) and coach Hank WillemsHollinger-Janzen with his parents (Lynda and Rod), Bethany athletic director Benji Hurst (back left) and coach Hank WillemsIndiana boys soccer Player of the Year Femi Hollinger-Janzen, a senior at Bethany, made it official, signing a national letter of intent on Feb. 1 to continue his academic and sports career at Indiana University this fall. He had verbally committed to the school in July 2011 after being selected as the MVP of the school’s 2011 summer camp.

In choosing Indiana University, Hollinger-Janzen is joining one of the top men’s soccer programs in the country. In 2011 the Hoosiers made their 25th-straight appearance in the NCAA tournament (36th overall), losing to eventual national champion North Carolina 1-0 in overtime. Indiana has an NCAA best 77 tournament victories and has appeared in 17 College Cups, winning seven national titles (most recently in 2004).

In addition to being named Indiana boys soccer player of the year by the Indiana Soccer Coaches Association as well as ESPNHS/Gatorade, Hollinger-Janzen was also named a first-team All-American by the national association and scored the winning goal in the High School All-American game on Dec. 10, 2011. Watch Fox news report.

As a four-year starter at Bethany, Hollinger-Janzen helped lead the Bruins to two sectional titles: Goshen in 2010 and class 1A LaVille in 2011. This year the no. 3 ranked Bruins also won the 1A LaVille regional and made it to the class 1A final four before losing to eventual state champion Canterbury 1-0 in the semi-state championship. He was a four-time all conference player (Northern Indiana Soccer Conference). The past two seasons he was conference player of the year, first-team all-district, and all-state (third team as a junior and first team as a senior). Elkhart County’s scoring leader each of the past two seasons, he concluded his career with a school-record 67 goals. [Watch video of amazing goal in 2009 sectional.]

Hank Willems, who coached Hollinger-Janzen throughout middle school and high school says, “It has been a privilege to work with Femi these past seven years. It is very rewarding to see his hard work and dedication pay off. I have no doubt that Femi will be an excellent Division I player and expect him to make an immediate impact for the Hoosiers.”