REVEIZ CARRIES STRONG ATHLETIC TRADITION FROM GRIDIRON TO THE PITCH
November 9, 2012
MARTIN, Tenn. – Her first move after a match is always toward the bleachers. She jogs over to her parents Carlos and Nancy and quickly hugs both of them. She’s all about the hugs.
Sophomore Ashley Reveiz, from Knoxville, is all about family too. She was supposed to be mommy’s little cheerleader, but she is daddy’s little girl and will always be a soccer player.
Using the feet to kick a ball is a family tradition. Ashley’s dad, Carlos, is a two-time All-America from Tennessee. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in 1987.
Ashley’s uncle, Fuad, is a three-time All-America from Tennessee. He was drafted in 1985, the same year as Georgia’s Kevin Butler and Vanderbilt’s Ricky Anderson. Fuad played 11 years in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins, the San Diego Chargers and the Minnesota Vikings.
Ashley’s youngest uncle, Louis, played college football at Carson-Newman and had a tryout with the Detroit Lions in the NFL.
When Ashley was 10 years old she was working a kicking camp with her dad at Tennessee. “She was kicking 49 yard field goals,” Carlos said.
“I am playing soccer,” Ashley said with a big grin on her face.
Admittedly having fun is Ashley’s motive. It’s also the reason she transferred from Middle Tennessee to UT Martin.
“Ashley was putting too much pressure on herself, and we basically told her to have fun,” Carlos said. “We are not the kind of parents who push our children into playing sports. However, we want her to have fun and succeed in her endeavors.”
UT Martin head soccer coach Phil McNamara has welcomed Ashley. The All-OVC first teamer has played in 21 matches this season and was a key part of the team’s run to the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament championship and its second consecutive NCAA appearance.
“Ashley has been playing soccer all her life,” McNamara said. “She always does what is asked of her."
Carlos and Nancy will be the first to tell you that life is all about their children and not football. Right now the Reveiz family is excited to be going to the NCAA Tournament.
While football was the past, Ashley doesn’t mind sharing some of the family history.
“My family has experienced a lot of success against Kentucky in the past, and I would love to keep it that way,” Ashley said.