May 3, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola Head Golf Coach Tom Beidleman has announced the signing of three recruits for next season. Matt Bassler, Nick Brassill and Chris Derby join the two-time defending MAAC Champion Greyhounds as the Class of 2008.
Bassler, a local product out of Catonsville, Md., comes from Mt. St. Joseph's High School. A Polo All-American, he is currently tied for first in the MAPGA Nordlinger Cup standings. At the junior level, he won the 2003 Optimist International Junior Championship as well as the 2002 Middle Atlantic Junior Championship.
"Matt is a tremendous addition to our program," says Beidleman. "In addition to having a resume full of junior golf success, he is a great young man and a highly respected member of the Mt. St. Joseph's community. He will no doubt have an immediate impact here at Loyola and will figure prominently in our success in the future."
Bassler also played in the 2003 Challenge Cup and qualified for the 2003 Callaway National Pro-Scratch. In 2002, he took medallist honors at the Jimmy Flattery Tournament.
Much like Bassler, Nick Brassill has found success at the junior level. He comes to Loyola from Bellarmine High School in San Jose, Calif., where he captained his team this past season. The only player from Bellarmine to qualify for the California Central Coast Individual Championship, he also qualified for the Northern California Golf Association Junior and Amateur Championships.
In addition to competing in numerous national junior golf events, Brassill was ranked as one of the Top-500 defensemen in America by USA Hockey and was invited to the 2002 professional hockey draft combine in April.
"Nick is an awesome all-around athlete with unlimited natural ability," says Beidleman. "He will become a significant contributor to our program in the very near future."
Chris Derby comes from Gonzaga Prep, where he was a high school teammate of current Loyola starter Will Shriver. A key player in Gonzaga's back-to-back wins of the Washington Metro Championships (2002 and 2003), Derby was the No. 1 player for his team this past spring.
"Having the opportunity to play with Chris [Derby] in college is very exciting," says Shriver. "We had a lot of success as teammates in high school and I am looking forward to more success with Chris at Loyola."
Derby finished in the Top-10 of the AJGA Homestead event in the summer of 2003 and has had numerous MAPGA, VSGA and national tournament appearances.
"Chris is a representative of the type of player that Loyola College is known for," adds Beidleman. "A strong player with great length off the tee and blessed with creative shot-making skills around the green. He is a tremendous competitor and has yet to reach his full potential."
Bassler, Brassill and Derby join a Loyola team that is heading to its second straight NCAA Regional. The Greyhounds successfully defended their MAAC Championship in Beuna Vista, Fla. last month and await for the May 10th selection show to see what region they will be competing in.
Loyola College is also the host of the 2005 NCAA Men's Golf Championships.