Braun to play for Brescia

As they say, good things come to those who wait. Just ask Conner Braun.


The 2013 Jasper graduate and member of the Wildcat boys soccer team hadn’t received any offers to play at the college level until a week before spring break in March. That’s when Brescia University head coach Mo Cato contacted Braun to come workout with the team — an impromptu tryout, of sorts.

Cato liked what he saw, and told Braun that as long as he applied and was accepted to the Catholic school in Owensboro, there’d be a roster spot for him.

That sufficed for Braun, the 6-foot-2 goalkeeper who will kick off his career as a Bearcat this fall.

“It felt awesome just knowing where I’d be going,” Braun said. “I can’t wait.”

Cato had spoken with Jasper coach Kyle Kendall as well as former Jasper standout and Brescia prospect Ryan Huckelby, who both vouched for Braun. When he was invited down for a practice in March, Braun churned through a series of drills that tested his goalkeeping abilities. He said Cato was impressed with his size and reaction time.

At the moment, there’s only one other goalkeeper on the roster, said Braun, who’s been told he could see starting time in his first season.

“I can’t wait to have a showdown,” said Braun, the son of Mike and Lori Braun of Jasper.
Braun, who’ll receive a scholarship for half of his tuition for being Catholic in addition to a few other scholarships, remains undecided on his major. He’s entertaining thoughts of studying business, but has also considered a career in sports training.

As for Brescia’s population, which consists of about 850 students, Braun said he’s happy with what it brings — smaller class sizes, more one-on-one attention and the chance to get to know everybody.

“It’s going to be a lot easier to transition coming from a small town,” Braun said. “I’ll get a lot more attention and it’ll help me focus more on my grades.”

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