Erin Lusk, New Richmond High School senior and a star of the Lions’ varsity girls soccer team for the past four seasons, has recently signed a letter-of-intent to continue her education and soccer career at Coastal Carolina University.
Lusk earned four varsity letters while playing for the Red and Black. In addition to her stellar career on the soccer field, she also lettered in swimming. Her skills in soccer earned her berths on the Southern Buckeye Conference American (SBC-A) Division all-star squad.
She also earned awards from her school for being the offensive player of the year and the leading scorer.
An honor student with a 3.29 grade point average, she decided to attend the Conway, South Carolina, university because “I want to major in marine biology and science and they have a very good program there for them.”
Coastal Carolina also has a good women’s soccer program. A member of the Big South Conference, the Lady Chanticleers achieved a record of 13-6-1 last year.
"She's going to be playing in a big division of soccer there, but it's not surprising, she's been playing soccer since she was four," said Michelle Lusk, Erin's mother, who added, "They have a very good program and coach (Rohan Naraine of Guyana, South America) there."
In her four seasons of action she did manage to single out two SBC and Clermont County rivalries that are most memorable to her.
"All four years we played Bethel every game was very aggressive and they were evenly matched. They were our arch-rivals in soccer...I enjoyed playing Batavia because I played against a lot of friends I have from there."
Erin pointed out several people who were big influences in her life.
"Jim Teegarden (recently deceased former New Richmond head girls soccer coach) gave me my breaks and chances to succeed in soccer," she said. "Coach Denny Hopewell (present head Lions' girls soccer coach) has been a friend as well as a coach to me...My mom and dad coached me a lot of my soccer career and mom has been the president of the Beechmont Soccer Club."
Hopewell said of his soon to be graduated star, "Erin's a great kid. She works hard and is willing to learn from what you teach her. She's the only New Richmond girl soccer player I know of that will be playing for a Division One school."
Erin appreciated her career at New Richmond and says, "I would like people to remember me as a fun person and an aggressive soccer player."