Trinity Baptist College Men’s Soccer is pleased to announce the addition of yet another talented local player and new student to the college. Richard Vasquez makes the short trip from Clay County to Jacksonville’s Westside and brings with him a love for soccer and — even better – a newly-found gift of Salvation through the blood of Christ.

Richard Vasquez — Orange Park, FL

Richard attended and played soccer for Orange Park High School in Clay County. He played on the boys JV soccer team as a freshman and joined the varsity team as a sophomore, playing for Coach Wale Leyimu for three years. Richard is the son of Ms. Johanna Rodriguez.

As an Orange Park Raider, Richard earned one All-Conference award, an honorable mention for All-County Coaches’ Team, and a second- year Varsity Coaches’ Award.

Richard scored only three goals in high school, but as mainly a mid-fielder and defender, he spent most of his time keeping the Raiders’ opponents from scoring. He also played for Florida Elite Soccer Academy.

Richard is a new believer who sees opportunity for much more than soccer at Trinity Baptist College; he sees a chance to learn more about his newly-found faith and his walk with Christ. “I heard that Trinity had a great soccer team,” he stated, “and this will be a big step for me to get to know God more and bring him into my life.” He is correct on both counts.

After college, Richard plans to coach soccer “and sometime in the future go back to a college for criminal justice to become a police officer,” once his playing days are over.

Trinity Baptist College extends its warmest welcome to Richard Vasquez, a new Eagle and — more importantly — a new follower of Jesus Christ.