Family traditions highlight signing day at Holy Trinity
Holy Trinity seniors (from l-r) Luca Campanini, Matt Austin and Emily Morgan made their college commitments official Wednesday.
VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala
National Signing Day turned out to be a big one for three Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy student-athletes.
Luca Campanini signed to play soccer at Florida Tech, where his sister plays on the women’s team and his father won national championships as both a player and assistant coach.
Emily Morgan inked her name to a National Letter of Intent to play soccer at Nova Southeastern, in part because it’s far enough away from home … but not too far.
And Matt Austin agreed to join the United States Merchant Marine Academy where he will not only play baseball and football, but he will also follow his family’s tradition of serving in the military.
“My father is a retired Marine – he was in for 20 years -- and I have a brother that’s in Japan right now who is in the Marines,” Austin said.
The senior, who is a three-sport standout at Holy Trinity, said he attended a baseball camp at the Naval Academy, which is where he was spotted by USMMA coaches.
Austin asked if he could play multiple sports, and after sending a football highlight tape, he went on a visit and will get a chance to play centerfield and defensive back for the Mariners.
Though he considered the Naval Academy, Austin said he preferred the USMMA because of the different options it will give him.
“There are so many more opportunities, so that’s what liked about it,” he said. “There’s a service obligation, but I was already going to serve.”
Austin will play catcher for the Holy Trinity baseball team this season … after he finishes playing soccer. The Tigers will host Trinity Christian Friday night at 7 in the Class 1A regional final.
Morgan, who had interest from Florida Tech, Rollins, FAU and Eckerd, said she is interested in getting into the nursing program at Nova Southeastern.
Joining the varsity girls soccer team as a seventh grader, Morgan amassed 137 goals – just behind the school record of 160 – and 61 assists. She was also part of a Holy Trinity team that won four consecutive district championships and was named MVP in five of her six seasons.
“I had a blast, definitely,” she said. “The soccer team was pretty good. I wish I would have scored more and broken the record.”
Holy Trinity girls coach Dean Flexton called Morgan, “one of the best I’ve ever coached.”
While many college freshmen will walk onto campus and feel a little in awe of their new surroundings, Luca Campanini will simply feel at home.
Not only is his father, Bino, the Executive Director of the Alumni Association at Florida Tech, he’s also in the Panthers Hall of Fame following an outstanding playing and coaching career.
Luca’s older sister, Isabella, is a junior on the women’s soccer team.
So after spending all that time on campus throughout his life, becoming a Panther simply made sense.
“I think I would have chosen it anyway,” Luca said “It’s a great school. It’s a combination of somewhere I can play, and somewhere I can further my learning.”
With Friday night’s game, and possibly the state Final Four, still to come, Campanini is already the school’s all-time leader in assists (83) and the top-scoring midfielder in program history with 68 goals.
“It’s a new challenge,” he said of signing with the Panthers. “I’m looking forward to next year.
“Right now, I’m a big fish in a small pond. I’m going to go in as a freshman next year, see how it goes. I’m definitely excited.”