With Rene able to play all of his second year, the team went on to do great things, including beating nationally ranked teams, making the playoffs for the first time in school history, and Rene making the Junior College All-American team.
Rene claimed that he credited his success to his coach, Kerem Daser.
“I have never met a coach like that in my life,” he said. “What I am now in soccer is all thanks to Coach K.”
Rene’s first year at GMC was also Coach K’s first year as the team’s coach, which helped give the player and coach a connection on a higher level.
He knew that Coach K saw his potential and provided him with the fundamentals to develop himself into a versatile and all-around skilled player.
After leaving GMC, Rene was accepted into Georgia Gwinnett College on scholarship, where he is pursuing a degree in exercise science. He was also able to tryout for the Georgia Revolution, where he made the team as a defensive midfielder.
“Playing with Georgia Revolution gives me more experience playing with different players and against pro teams,” Rene said.
While he was only in town for a visit Tuesday, Rene plans to come help with youth soccer camps later this month.
Rene stressed that if he could give one piece of advice to young people in any sport, it would be to focus on school first and sports second.
“I love soccer to death, but education is the best thing, and even if I play professional soccer, I will always have an education to fall back on.”
Rene’s message was simple, but powerful: “Never give up. If your mind is there, nothing is above your level.”