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Everett Pitts

School

UC Irvine

Position
Defender
Major
International Studies

Classroom

Pitts has always known the link between academics and athletics. At UC Irvine, these go hand-in-hand. An international studies major, Pitts wants to use his soccer skills to bring together nations as he continues beyond his studies at UC Irvine. Pitts has always been fascinated with European soccer, and the prospects of playing soccer in Europe and immersing himself in the culture there will heighten his vision of strengthening cross-cultural communications.

Character

Everett Pitts, nicknamed “The General”, has slowly grown since his freshman year in 2008 into the prominent leadership role he holds now. He was redshirted his first year after coming from Ayala High School in Chino Hills, Calif. He began to see some action as a redshirt freshman before solidifying his spot on defense as a sophomore, and has now started in 52 of UC Irvine’s last 55 matches. Today, Pitts stands as the only senior on the squad, and is more than willing to put the 2012 Anteaters on his shoulders in its trek for another Big West title and NCAA tournament appearance.

Community

The UC Irvine program as a unit has a hand in the community putting together numerous youth and high school camps. Pitts is a beacon for all of these camps, front and center to coach campers and future soccer players. He and teammates also coach under-10 squads in various AYSO programs even going as far to provide camps of their own for AYSO programs.

Competition

Pitts has played in 65 matches, starting in 62 in his UCI career. He has been named All-Big West twice, once in 2011 on the First Team and also Honorable Mention in 2010. He has been part of two Big West regular season champion squads and two Big West Tournament champion squads leading to the first three NCAA Tournament appearances. Despite his diminuitive offensive numbers, Pitts has been a key defensive cog locking down the backline for UCI. The Anteaters are 48-14-4 when accompanied by Pitts’ services on defense in the last three years, and he has had a hand in 23 shutouts. Pitts has registered one goal in his career which was an overtime game-winner at Wisconsin. He has also recorded two assists to give him four total points in his career.