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Jonah Pastiroff | Harding University

Jonah is from Auckland, New Zealand and plays for Auckland United. Jonah has been involved with their men’s first team since 2018 and has cemented his position as one of their key players. He has an impressive resume not just on the football field but in the classroom as well. He joined the Platform family at the beginning of 2021 with the intention of taking his soccer to a higher level while earning a degree simultaneously. Harding is a fantastic place for him to get the best on both fronts.

Jonah has signed a deal with Harding University starting Fall 2022. Harding is a NCAA Division II Program located in Searcy, Arkansas, competing in the Great American Conference. Harding has some absolutely incredible athletic facilities, similar to what you would see in a professional setup. The Stevens Soccer Complex and Hatcher Indoor Soccer Center include a large locker room for both Men’s and Women’s Soccer, medical room staffed with athletic trainers, a beautiful grass field, Indoor soccer turf field (where they can train all year round), full weight dedicated to soccer athletes only with specialist strength and conditioning coaches, and a large study room/lounge for athletes.

This was a big factor for Jonah when making a decision. He shopped around a handful of offers and interest from D1 & D2 schools but his connection with Coach Ireland was unmatched, and the facilities are a step above anywhere else. He has big expectations when he joins the program and we are expecting him to smash them out of the park!

From Jonah:

“I had decided early on in college that I wanted to study and play overseas after leaving school and Platform helped me to realize this dream. They have been extremely supportive and useful throughout the process of securing a scholarship to the US and I cannot thank them enough!”

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