BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The Roadrunner women's soccer team has less than four months until the 2017 season begins and CSU Bakersfield's program is actively preparing for next fall. This week, the 'Runners added another student-athlete to their ranks as Kamari Hines is set to CSUB transfer from the University of Washington.
“We are extremely excited to add Kamari to the Roadrunner roster,” said Gary Curneen, CSUB's head coach. “Her experience at the US Youth National level, along with one year at a Pac-12 school, gives our program an enormous boost going into next season. With the ability to run at defenders and score goals, she will be very exciting to watch. In addition, her mentality and passion for the game will help drive our competitive culture to the next level.”
Hines, a native of Sacramento, Calif., spent her first collegiate season as a redshirt for the Washington Huskies. After gaining valuable experience this year, Hines decided to move back to her home state and compete for the Roadrunners.
The incoming redshirt freshman expressed her reasons for transferring to CSUB: "I chose CSUB because I was looking for something different, an environment where education and athletics were equally important. I felt the sense of family when I walked on campus. From meeting the Athletics Director to my new team, I felt like I belonged. Hearing Coach Curneen and Coach Bush speak about the uniqueness of CSUB and seeing it for myself made my decision effortless. I'm extremely excited about being a member of the women's soccer team and helping to create a legacy along with my teammates."
A 5-foot-4 forward with pace and skill, Hines enjoyed a solid prep career at Sheldon High School in Sacramento and was an active member of travel clubs in the highly-competitive ECNL. Hines spent 2013 as a member of the US Youth National team and had multiple invites from the organization to compete. She was a four-star athlete according to TopDrawerSoccer and was ranked in the publication's Top 80 student-athletes.
Hines also had great success with her club teams as highlights include winning the Manchester United Premier Cup in 2012 and placing third at the ECNL National tournament with Crossfire Premier U-18. Continuing her education at CSUB, Hines plans to major in biology and attend medical school after her time as a Roadrunner.