William Frentz ’13 was part of the USA Deaf Men’s National Soccer Team that won the Deaf Pan American Games in Temuco, Chile, during tournament play, Nov. 10-18.
“We won all four games, serving as a qualifier for the 2020 Deaf World Cup in South Korea and 2021 Deaflympics,” Frentz says. “The top three teams here will play in those two tournaments, and I think I’ll be playing as well.”
Frentz first qualified for the National Team in 2008 at the age of 16.
“This is my fourth tournament,” Frentz says. “I have been to the first three Deaf World Cups: Greece in 2008, Turkey in 2012 and Italy in 2016. This is the first time I have been able to play in the Pan American tournament.”
Their championship run is even more impressive considering the obstacles the U.S. team members have to overcome to compete.
“We are only able to train two weekends a year,” Frentz explains. “We have to fundraise ourselves, and with players being from all over the country, it’s difficult to get together more often. We are at a disadvantage compared to other nations’ Deaf National teams that are fully funded and able to train more often together.”
Frentz, who majored in history at Centre, lives in Pewee Valley, Kentucky., with his wife, Kacie, and daughters Hudson (nearly 3), and Josephine (6 months). He works in underwriting for Farm Credit Mid-America.
“Being part of the men’s soccer program was such a special part of the well-rounded Centre experience for me as a student-athlete,” Frentz says. “Several teammates are still some of my closest friends, and I really appreciate Coach Jeb Burch for believing in me at a time that I needed it most.”
The results of the Pan American Games are as follows:
Above: William Frentz ’13 (No. 5) celebrates with the USA Deaf Men’s National Soccer Team.
by Cindy Long
November 20, 2019