Tappero signs letter to play soccer at William Jessup

New recruit for new coach
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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Rocklin High’s Joey Tappero signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer at William Jessup University. The official signing was held April 26 at the career center on the Rocklin campus.

Tappero has been playing varsity for the Thunder since a sophomore. William Jessup’s soccer head coach Robbie Handy said the Warriors have had their eye on Tappero for some time.

“Joey was on William Jessup’s radar prior to my arriving,” said Handy, who took over the Warriors’ job a couple months ago. “He was athletic, the speed of play he can keep up, he’s got an engine that won’t stop.”

Tappero said he began playing soccer at the age of 4. He said his father would have played soccer in college had he not decided to raise a family instead. That decision would later prove to be a boon for the WJU mens soccer program.

“(Soccer’s) been a passion of mine,” said Tappero. “(My father) always pushed me to be my best and I’ve played for Placer United ever since I was 10 years old.”

Handy said Tappero was willing to do whatever he asked and proved he was definitely interested in the Warriors’ program.

After inviting Tappero to visit the William Jessup campus, Handy was able to get better acquainted with the athlete and his parents. After learning of his background, Handy discovered a lot of the Warriors’ players already knew Tappero and spoke highly of his abilities.

Tappero plans to study English, creative writing and journalism while pursuing a degree in business.

“What you do in the classroom always moves on to what you do on the soccer field,” said the 3.3-GPA student. “You can’t play soccer unless you’re good in the classroom.”

The Warriors now appear to have a player who is good at both.