A package deal: Chatfield brothers to play together again at Olivet Nazarene
Both Aaron and Paul Chatfield lauded Tigers coach David Blahnik, a former player at ONU.
Aaron Chatfield mentioned Blahnik as someone who’ll invest his time and energy into both he and Paul for the next four years.
“I know I’ll probably spend the most of my time there with coach Blahnik,” Aaron Chatfield said. “He’ll be pouring his life into us over the next four years and I think he’ll be a huge influence on me in my life.”
Blahnik, who made the seven-plus hour trip to NMCA, said he was extremely excited to get both Chatfields.
“They’re very similar, yet very different in playing style which complements them well,” Blahnik said. “Aaron is obviously a great goal scorer and he has the ability to create, which is something we’re looking for.”
Besides being solid soccer players, Blahnik was more excited about both Aaron and Paul Chatfield’s character.
“We are a Christian school and that’s very important to us,” Blahnik added. “We want to make sure they strive to do well both on the field and in the classroom. I have no doubts both Aaron and Paul will represent the program in the right way.”
Lee Chatfield, the older brother of both Aaron and Paul Chatfield and NMCA’s boys’ soccer coach, said he was proud of both of his brothers.
“We’ll support them both and they kind of carry Northern Michigan wherever they go,” Lee Chatfield said. “Hopefully they can represent NMCA, the Petoskey area and Christ well.
“It’s exciting to know that they’re going together,” Lee Chatfield added. “They decided about a month ago after receiving several offers from other schools. They wanted to play together and it was exciting to hear that.”
Lee Chatfield said the decision was a huge weight off Aaron’s shoulders.
“He made the final decision just a few days ago so for him it was a bit relieving and exciting both,” Lee Chatfield added. “We’re just excited about what their program can achieve in the next four years.”
Bringing even more pride to Lee Chatfield was learning of Aaron’s All-American All-Regional IV honors by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
“He’s the first person in NMCA history to be named to an All-American team,” Lee Chatfield said. “Of all the awards he’s ever received in high school, this is probably the most significant. It’s a tremendous award and we couldn’t be more proud of him. He’s a character kid who has represented NMCA well every year he’s been here.”
Now, both Chatfield brothers will look to do the same at ONU.
“We want to deliver a national championship,” Paul Chatfield added. “We never won a state championship, so now we want to redeem ourselves in college.”
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