One of northern Indiana's most sought after 2008 graduates is making her way back to Indiana. Kaitlin Cunningham has signed her national letter of intent to continue her education and soccer career at Huntington University this fall. Cunningham spent the fall of 2008 at the University of Saint Francis and has most recently been residing in South Carolina.
During Cunningham’s final two years of high school, this decorated athlete from Wawasee High School led her team to two conference championships and was a two-time First Team All-Conference pick. As a junior she was named ISCA All-District and Honorable Mention All-State. As a senior she led her team to semi-state and was named the Northern Indiana Player of the Year. During her final campaign she also earned Second Team All-District and Second Team All-State honors. She graduated from Wawasee High School as the all-time assist leader.
Cunningham played for the Fort Wayne Fever and the Fort Wayne Citadel. She helped lead her club to a runner-up finish in the State Cup in 2005 and 2006.
Not only has Cunningham experienced success on the field, she has also excelled in the classroom. She received her Honors Diploma and was a member of the National Honor Society in high school. She is also very involved in her church where she volunteers in the Kidscoast room on Sunday mornings and at Adopt-a-Block, a program that seeks to meet the needs of the surrounding community.
“Huntington's campus is not only beautiful, but it is a very encouraging environment filled with people who want to see you succeed. The positive atmosphere attracted me as well as the chance to play soccer,” states Cunningham. “Every aspect of this coming year is exciting to me. I'm very excited to become a member of the soccer team and make some great friends and be a part of a growing program. I'm also very excited to be a part of Huntington University as a student and experience all the things HU has to offer me. This is a great opportunity that will allow me to grow in soccer, school and my faith.”
“I was recruiting Kaitlin two years ago when she was first coming out of high school. God had other plans for her at that time but I’m just really excited to see what He has done in her life to lead her to Huntington,” said Head Coach Ryan Burgher. “Even though Kaitlin has been out of collegiate soccer for a year, I’m expecting her to come in right away and make things happen. Knowing the type of player Kaitlin was and is, I know it’s going to happen.”
Kaitlin plans to study Biology at Huntington. She is the daughter of Dodd and Deanna Cunningham.