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All State Midfielder, Ryan Byard, Joins the Hawks

Hagerstown, Md.- North Hagerstown High School alumnus and Shepherd University transfer, Ryan Byard, has recently announced his commitment to the Hagerstown Community College men’s soccer team.

Byard, a 2012 All State Second Team honoree, led the Hubs his senior year with 15 goals and two assists. He was also named First Team All-County, First Team All-County Coaches and First Team All-MVAL Piedmont his senior year. In 2011, Byard's Hubs won the Washington County Championship, while he netted eight goals and earned First Team All-County, First Team All-County Coaches and First Team All-MVAL Piedmont. During his sophomore campaign, Byard scored ten goals on the way to leading the Hubs to another Washington County Championship.

After graduation, Byard attended Shepherd University and played in 16 games for the Rams.

Byard was a member of the Baltimore Bays Academy as well as the Bethesda Revolution. His team finished as Disney Showcase Runner Up after losing to the defending national champions. Byard led the Bays pre academy team with 24 goals. While with Bethesda, he was named San Diego Surf Cup All-Tournament Team.

Byard was also a star baseball player, having played in the Little League World Series in 2008. He had the #1 defensive play of the World Series as chosen by ESPN and also had Major League baseball play of week as first of back to back to back home runs.

Byard will be participating with Hagerstown Community College in the spring as he is enrolled in classes before the fall 2015 season kicks off.

Byard joins Washington County recruit Tim Horning, along with Montgomery County players, Alejandro Oliart and Ernesto Mejia as 2015 committed recruits.

"Ryan is an extremely talented midfielder that has a wealth of playing experience" mentioned head coach Brian Eichelberger. "After graduating two starting midfielders we are excited to bring Ryan in to compete for a position. Having him join the team in the spring will be beneficial so he is familiar with our playing style and gains confidence in our system. We look for him to be a key contributor for the fall season."