By Angel Verdejo

Killeen Daily Herald

Camille Wright had no intentions on playing soccer when she arrived at Shoemaker High School for her senior year.

She moved with her family to Texas from Germany, where she not only played soccer, but volleyball as well as being as cheerleader.

"I didn't want to play sports," she said. "I didn't want to do anything. I just wanted to graduate and leave."

But that changed after meeting Shoemaker girls coach Central Hicks over the summer, which eventually led to Wednesday's ceremony, where Wright signed a national letter of intent to play at Lubbock Christian University. She's second Lady Grey Wolf soccer player to sign this year, joining Shaunally Hill, who's headed to Huston-Tillotson University.

"This really says that as a program, we're moving in the right direction," Hicks said. "We're bringing girls in and as I tell them, if they're willing to put in the work, there's generally going to be a place for you."

Wright first met Hicks at a conditioning camp over the summer, where the coach said he would get her to play soccer. She then got into the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program at Shoemaker, which is taught by Hicks.

"It was a lot about relationship building – that's what it boiled down to," Hicks said. "Her realizing the kind of coach I was and the kind of person I was. So as we had the opportunity to sit down and talk, and she realized we had a lot of things in common and her coach and I had a lot of things in common."

Wright went to Lubbock Christian's tryout early last month and impressed the coaches at the NAIA school. She even tried to hide her initial excitement from her father, but couldn't hold it in.

"It's a different school," Wright said. "I wanted to go where my friends were going, but I wanted to do something for myself."

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