Martino ready for next step in her soccer career

Snow is falling on the campus of Indiana University East in February, hardly ideal conditions for a girl from Florida.

Yet, Tori Martino is taking the recruiting visit here in stride. She is enjoying her time exploring the campus and hearing about her potential to play a key role for the NAIA Red Wolves in the fall.

Once unsure if she’d ever play soccer again – Martino tore her ACL her senior year at Navarre – the transfer out of Daytona State likes what she hears. She decides this is where she wants to continue her college soccer career.

“The coach called and expressed interest. He was very serious about getting me here,” Martino said.

How serious? He paid for her plane ticket to make the visit. Indiana East proved to be the best fit.

Academically, she is going into social work–and head coach Shane Meridith’s wife is the VP of a social work agency with offices in multiple locations. Martino is all but guaranteed a job in the field upon graduation.

Martino will be looked to as a leader from an athletic standpoint. That isn’t surprising considering she was a captain this past season at Daytona State.

Read the full article in the July 11 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

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