Rockford Christian coach Kevin Obee
never imagined that he would have the opportunity to coach his son, Kynan
, on the high school level.
That all changed four years ago when Kevin took over the boys soccer program.
On Wednesday, before a gathering of about 35 people in the school’s library, Kevin Obee watched with pride as Kynan signed a letter-of-intent to play soccer
at the University of Illinois-Springfield.
“It’s been a privilege for me as a coach to have him all four years and as a father, I am proud of his accomplishments,” said Kevin Obee, who told the audience a couple of stories about his son’s progression from playing soccer as a 5-year-old to high school.
The 5-foot-8 senior midfielder made his decision after visiting UIS three weeks ago and is excited about the opportunity.
“When I visited, I enjoyed my experience with the guys and I liked the coach,” said Kynan Obee, who was second in the area in scoring with 22 goals and 16 assists as a senior. “I know it will be more intense and very physical because I will be going up against faster guys.”
UIS’s men soccer team, which included seven freshmen, finished with a record of 1-14-1 last year.
Obee, a four-year all-conference player, was a member of the 2010 Illinois Olympic Development Program state team.
He holds the school’s scoring record of 34 goals in a season and finished with 72 goals and 48 assists for his career. As a senior captain, he was a first-team selection for All-State and All-Midwest.
Obee, who carries a 3.24 grade-point average, plans to major in business.
The signing was featured in a March 10, 2011, article in the Rockford Register Star.
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