Less than two weeks after her soccer career at Sheridan College ended before it began, former Lady Devils standout Taryn Wagstaff will now head north to continue her athletic and academic career, signing with Northwest College in Powell.
Shortly after she received the news that Sheridan and Gillette colleges would be dropping their respective athletic programs, Wagstaff was contacted by NWC head women’s soccer coach Aaron Miller. The second-year coach — who will also helm the men’s program at NWC in the fall — said he believes after talking with Wagstaff the past couple of weeks that she’ll be a great fit for the program.
“Taryn sounds like a great personality,” Miller said. “All of my best teams have been built on high quality of character individuals that love the sport, and believe in the team model.”
For her part, Wagstaff said she’s grateful to get another shot at continuing her career, especially after being denied her senior season on the pitch due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’m super-thankful to get another chance,” she told the Herald Monday. “I was in the same disappointed state after I found out about my high school season. Then I got a text asking me if I wanted another chance. I’m super, super-excited, and thankful for another opportunity.”
The Lady Trappers finished with a 4-12 record in Miller’s first season — after going winless in the three seasons prior — and have found some stability after a series of one-and-done head coaches. Miller said he expects Wagstaff to help continue building a winning culture.
“My plan is to use [Taryn’s] athleticism on the field and continue changing the culture of Northwest College soccer by bringing in players with the right character,” he said. “I think she has the mentality to be a great college student-athlete.”
Wagstaff was one of more than a hundred student-athletes at Gillette College and Sheridan College who found out late last month that the schools were eliminating their athletic programs due to a fiscal emergency brought on by the coronavirus pandemic and state revenue losses. The news came as a shock; Wagstaff had been in Sheridan earlier that week to meet with the Lady Generals’ coaching staff about the upcoming season.