San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State men's soccer program signed an international goalkeeper to a National Letter of Intent and a Bay Area midfielder/defender, who is a transfer student from Division II, accepted a scholarship offer this week; head coach Gary St. Clair made the announcement.
Frankie Beauchamp, a defensive midfielder out of San Francisco, Calif. and Michael Schwinn, a goalkeeper from Mechernich, Germany will compete for the Spartans in the 2012-13 school year.
Beauchamp, 6-3 and a 2010 graduate of Gateway High School in San Francisco, spent the 2011-12 school year competing as a defender and a mid for Hawai'i Pacific University (coach Chris Fisher), a member of the PacWest Conference. He made 13 starts in 15 total appearances, tallying one goal and two assists for the eventual conference champs. Prior to last year, he played club soccer for the San Francisco Seals (coach Shani Simpson) of the Premier Developmental League.
"Frankie is a versatile player with a lot of experience playing at a high level," head coach Gary St. Clair said. "The (San Francisco) Seals are one of the top amateur programs in the country and have developed talents like former San Jose State great C.J. Brown. He is a big athlete who can play in the field or on the back line. He reads and understands the game at a very mature level and will compete for a starting job right away."
Schwinn, a 6-1 keeper, has been a member of the U23 club team Koln II (coach Dirk Lottner), an affiliate of FC Koln of the German Bundesliga.
"We lost a very good keeper this year (Jonathan Lester) so one of our priorities has been to find a replacement," St. Clair said. "Michael is a 20-year-old who has had lots of top-level experience. He has quick hands and quick feet and will have a chance to compete with our two returning keepers for the starting job. We are very excited about Michael, who is the first athlete we've signed out of Germany."