Wesleyan’s Glautier shows knack for Nyack

Jun. 03, 2014 @ 11:56 PM

Storm Glautier came to the United States not really with the goal in mind of playing college soccer. But he soon realized how it could help him continue on an upward path.

Now, after working hard to elevate his game, Glautier, a recent graduate of Wesleyan Christian, has signed to continue his career with Nyack College at the NCAA Division II level.

“I am so excited. I’ve been counting down the days to August — I’m ready to leave now,” he says. “I’m so excited. I cannot wait to represent Coach and represent my family. I can’t wait to get to Nyack and represent them — it’s going to be so cool. And I won’t disappoint.”

Glautier, the son of Marc Glautier, grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa playing sports like rugby, cricket, baseball and swimming. But, at 5 years old, he started playing soccer with his friends because it looked like fun and he thought he should try it out.

Ever since then, he’s played soccer competitively, starting with his school team when he was about 6 and eventually joining a club team when he was about 11.

“It’s an easy way to let out emotions,” he says. “You save everything, take it on the field and leave it all there. That’s where you give it your everything, your 100 percent. You play for higher purposes, you play for your friends who are your family now. You just want want to represent yourself, your family, your friends, your team – everything.”

Through his coach in South Africa, Glautier, whose cousin had also previously come to America, had a connection with Trojans coach Scott Reitnour. And during 2012, he decided to leave his home and live with a host family, the family of Scott and Angela Pharr of Greensboro.

He was nervous and didn’t really know what to expect, except what he’d seen about America on television. But he was pleasantly surprised with the kindness that greeted him within the Wesleyan Christian community. That also helped foster his growth on the soccer field.

“I came here and I honestly wasn’t that good,” he says. “I was OK — I knew how to win headers and things. So, I was decent. But I started practicing with Coach Reitnour and he helped me learn, and then all I wanted to do was learn. So, he taught me better and better things.

“Then, at the end of my junior year, he told me, ‘I think you can play in college.’ So, I started looking into it. … There was no way of really describing (his reaction). I was like, ‘Wow, you really think I’m good enough for this?’ I was speechless.”

With the Trojans, one of the area’s top soccer powerhouses, he worked his way into a strong contributing role at center-back. He made all-conference his junior year and helped Wesleyan win its second-straight NCISAA 3A state championship.

As a senior, Glautier — who says he had an “Aha” moment while helping the poor in Jamaica on a mission trip over the summer – embraced more of a leadership role. He was selected a team captain and, grateful for all he’s been given, pushed himself to do his best.

“Storm is such an instrumental and integral part of the Wesleyan Christian community,” Reitnour says. “He was an incredible dramatic performer in the musical, captured the hearts of the audience. He was an outstanding soccer player – captain, two-year varsity letterman, starter at center-back.

“A brilliant student with an excellent GPA and a thoughtful approach to his studies. And a third-place wrestler in the NCISAA 3A. So, I think you can see the body of work he’s accumulated at the school makes him a pretty special kid.”

After helping Wesleyan reach the semifinals of the state playoffs, Glautier weighed his college options, which also included schools like Gardner-Webb and several other smaller schools. And he decided he wanted to play for head coach Keith Davie and the Warriors.

“The coach was really persistent, really patient with me,” says Glautier, who’s undecided as to what to study. “I have a lot of respect for that. He seems like a really good guy and seems like Coach Reitnour, and that’s the kind of coach I’d like to play for outside of high school.”