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Summer 2005 • Volume 11, Issue 3

Luke KreamalmeyerFrom the Midwest to the MLS

Senior Luke Kreamalmeyer, former two-time recipient of the Missouri Valley Conference’s first team all-conference award, will continue his athletic career with the Major League Soccer team, Real Salt Lake.

After garnering the MVP award at the 2005 Major League Soccer Combine, Kreamalmeyer was chosen by Real Salt Lake to complement its professional squad.

He is the only Bradley soccer player ever to score an NCAA tournament goal.

“I always wanted to become a professional soccer player,” said Kreamalmeyer. “It‘s better than having a real job.”
Bradley coach Jim DeRose had high hopes for his midfield star to prosper in the MLS, but even he was surprised when Kreamalmeyer became MVP of the MLS Combine.

“Once our guys have gotten in that community, they’ve all ascended very quickly,” said DeRose. “Would I have said he would flourish to the point of Combine MVP? Probably not. But I felt comfortable he would be successful.”
Kreamalmeyer credits DeRose and the rest of the Bradley coaching staff for giving him the skills to succeed.

“I enjoyed myself at Bradley,” said Kreamalmeyer, who has one semester left before graduating. “I’m happy I was chosen to play.”

 

Marcus Pollard and familyMarcus Pollard signs with Detroit Lions

Marcus Pollard ’94 was recently inducted into the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame. Pollard, who led the basketball team to a National Invitational Tournament berth during his senior year, signed with the NFL’s Detroit Lions this spring after spending 10 years with the Indianapolis Colts. The Braves Scholarship Society member is pictured here with his wife, Amani, and their two children in the “Marcus Pollard Room,” a lounge for student athletes in Robertson Memorial Field House.