Jason Herrick Retires Due to Concussion Injury

CHICAGO (November 16, 2011) - Jason Herrick has retired from professional soccer due to a concussion related injury.

Herrick signed with the Harrisburg City Islanders in the USL Pro League after being drafted by the Chicago Fire in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. Herrick started Harrisburg's first match of the season, going 90 minutes, before suffering a season-ending concussion in training.

Herrick was a star player for the University of Maryland, notching 29 goals and 14 assists in 86 appearances during his career with the Terps, which included a national championship in 2008. Herrick capped his collegiate career in 2010 as a NSCAA All-American (second team) and All-ACC (first team) award winner.

Herrick's youth club coach, David Richardson, commented on Jason's career and transition, "Jason playing with the Sockers FC Program was filled with a variety of experiences that we hope were impact full not only as a player, but as a person as he now transitions from playing. He was an example of commitment to develop oneself in all that he did as a young soccer player, and his time in our club has been an example to many of our young players today. It's disappointing when a player has to retire early due to an injury, but I'm sure the personal qualities that made Jason a great player for our club and the University of Maryland will be an asset for him as he enters into the field of finance and accounting."

Herrick is recovering in the Chicago area with the intention of settling in Washington, D.C., Harrisburg, or Chicago once physically able. He is working towards becoming a Certified Public Accountant in 2012.

Statement from Jason Herrick:
Soccer has always been at the forefront of my life. God blessed me with the opportunity to play the game I love for the last 20 years. I spent my earliest days at Ajax with Coach Dragon and then 10 years at Sockers FC Chicago. I am so grateful to have been part of the Sockers organization with its influential coaches like David Richardson and Bret Hall. Those men sculpted me as a player, but more importantly as the man I have become today. We had many victories and triumphs over the years, but it was the setbacks and mistakes that significantly contributed to my growth. My time at the University of Maryland was some of the best of my life thus far. Sasho Cirovski, Rob Vartughian, Russell Payne, Michael Dello-Russo, Brian Rowland, Matt Burke, and Brian Pensky helped me make the most of my time in college both on and off the field. I cannot explain in words how much winning a pair of ACC Championships and a National Championship in my time at Maryland meant to me. The support staff of Laura Meckley, along with the best trainers I have ever met; Barry Kagan, Shawn Hendi, Kala Flagg, Mike Martinez, and Sean O’Keefe, went above and beyond for me at Maryland. Not only are they all great at their craft, but they are outstanding people whom I consider my friends. I cannot thank my parents, brother, and grandparents enough for always standing by me through good and bad. I have so much to thank them for, as they have given up so much and helped me achieve all that I have. The rest of my family and friends have been right there encouraging me every step of the way. All that I have achieved thus far and all I will achieve in the future would mean nothing without the people in my life. Soccer has allowed me to travel the world, experience intense highs and lows, meet incredible individuals and undoubtedly build lifelong friendships. I will miss soccer, but I will always have the memories and I find assurance in the people that have been there for me through it all.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011