June 3, 2014
Over the past two months, Vanderbilt soccer has introduced members of its 2014 signing class. We continue with a midfielder form San Francisco: Mia MacLean Vernic
When Mia MacLean Vernic arrived at a Vanderbilt ID Camp, the Commodore coaches didn’t know much about the midfielder from San Francisco.
By the time the week-long camp concluded, however, head coach Derek Greene and the entire coaching staff wanted Vernic to be a Commodore.
“In every session and game she began to stand out among her peers,” Greene said. “Once the week was over we felt it was important to make sure she knew we wanted her at Vanderbilt and fortunately for us, she decided we were the right place for her.”
For Greene, it was Vernic’s skillset, touch and vision of the field that impressed him the most.
The 5-foot-5 Vernic was a two-year starter at St. Ignatius College Preparatory. After being sidelined during her junior season, she scored three goals and had four assists in 22 games played this past season.
On the club circuit, she played for Marin Futbol Club, which ranked third in the California North division. Nine of her high school and club teammates will be playing Division I soccer this fall.
She has played soccer since she was seven years old. She grew up wanting to be like Mia Hamm because she shares the same name with the two-time World Cup champion. Vernic’s father, Franjo, also played collegiately at York University in Toronto.
Personal: Mia Willingham MacLean Vernic... Born April 3, 1996 in San Francisco.... Daughter of Franjo Vernic and Lowrie MacLean... Has two brothers, Daniel (19) and Niko (15)... Daniel is a freshman at Bucknell University... Her father played soccer at York University in Toronto... Human and Organizational Development Major.