Meet the newcomers: Sharis Lachappelle
July 31, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas -- During her freshman season at Houston, Sharis Lachappelle earned both All-Conference USA Third Team and All-Freshman Team accolades. She played in all 19 games for the Cougars, making 17 starts, and ranked second on the squad in goals (three), assists (three) and points (nine).
Lachappelle led the team in game-winning goals (two), shots (36) and shots on goal (21) and ranked third on the squad in minutes played (1,318). She also claimed a spot on the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll in March for posting a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.
She is eligible for the upcoming 2012 season and has three years of collegiate eligibility remaining.
Lachappelle recently spoke with TexasSports.com as she prepares to join the Longhorns.
How did you become interested in the Longhorns? I played club soccer with Julie Arnold, and we’ve always been good friends. Through her, I knew Texas had a new coach (Angela Kelly) and that I might be a good fit for the program. That’s how the whole process started.
How do you describe your playing style? I like to attack and have the ball on my foot. I can distribute to players and find the open ones. I love heading the ball, and being tall and aggressive in the air really helps, too.
As a native Texan, are you excited to represent the burnt orange? My dad went to UT, and growing up I always rooted for the Longhorns. To play for UT and go where my dad went, it’s a dream come true. I’m humbled and honored.
What athletic goals and dreams would you like to pursue at UT? Athletically, my goal is to win a conference championship and go far in the NCAA Tournament. With the team and coaches we have, there’s a good chance for us. The commitment and desire to win at Texas is obvious in every sport. I’m excited about that, pursuing excellence at Texas.
Are you excited to train with Coach Kelly and her staff? Their desire to win, right away and not in a few years, is very exciting. They seem like a close-knit group of coaches, and they seem willing to help you grow as a player.