Beach Kid Honored

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Farrell Inducted into Hall of Fame

“Beach kid” Caitlin Farrell was inducted into the Lee County Athletic Conference Hall of Fame on Thursday during the Hall of Fame banquet at Crowne Plaza Hotel. She is the daughter of Jean and Patrick Farrell of Fort Myers Beach.

Caitlin was a standout soccer player at Cypress Lake High School. During her high school career she was named All-Southwest Florida three times and All-State three times. She finished her career with over 140 goals. She was the 2005 and 2006 News-Press Southwest Florida Player of the Year. She helped Cypress Lake to 4 District Championship titles while playing for the Panthers. In addition, she was an excellent student, finishing 10th in her class with a 4.8 GPA and was an active member in the Cypress Lake Center for the Arts dance program.

Following graduation, Caitlin accepted a scholarship to Wake Forest University. During her time at Wake Forest she appeared in 90 career games (starting in 82.) She is ranked #2 in all-time career games played at Wake Forest. She was also named All-ACC academic and NSCAA Regional All-American. She was a 3 year captain for the Demon Deacons and anchored the defense through 4 NCAA appearances and helped bring the program to their first appearance in the Elite 8. In her senior season, she captained the Wake Forest Defense that posted a school record 15 shutouts in 2009.

Her success at the one of the best college programs in the country attracted the interest of the US National Team. In the summer of 2009 she travelled with the U23 U.S. National Team to Europe, competing for her country in a match vs England. She was also called into the U.S. Olympic Camp in December 2009 where they trained with the Full U.S. National team in Carson California.

Following her college career, Caitlin was drafted by the Philadelphia Independence of the WPS (Women’s Professional Soccer). Instead of playing in the Independence’s inaugural season, she signed with FC Twente in Holland’s top professional league where she started at center-defender for the whole season.

Caitlin now resides in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband Hunter and son Cullen. She works for the PGA tour and is actively involved in coaching youth soccer.

Additional 2019 Hall of Fame inductees include South Fort Myers football player Dallas Crawford, Estero track star Matt Whaley, Riverdale basketball player Joe Cherry, Dunbar cornerback Chris Singleton and Ida Baker tight end Jonathan Garcia. Estero football coach Joe Hampton and Cape Coral basketball coach Dave Funk were also honored.