STATESBORO, Ga. – Former Thomas College men's soccer standout Joshua Phelps (Maroochydor, Australia) has signed his first professional contract with Tormenta FC, the USL Division III side announced on Wednesday. Phelps becomes the first player to sign with Tormenta FC professionally, and the first player in history to sign in the newly-formed USL Division III.
"The Thomas men's soccer family is very proud of Josh," Thomas Men's Soccer Coach Chris Parsons said. "He was a leader in the classroom and on the field. Josh was a gifted player who had an incredible work rate. He has always stayed connected to Thomas and the men's soccer program throughout his journey and we all wish him the best."
Phelps is the second former Terrier in the last year to earn a professional contract, with Willie Clemons (Paget, Bermuda) signing a deal with Swedish club Bodens BK in March.
Phelps was a member of the 2012 and 2013 Thomas teams that claimed back-to-back North Atlantic Conference Championships. He was named NAC Rookie of the Year and earned All-Conference Second Team honors his freshman year and was selected All-Conference First Team his sophomore year. Following two years at Thomas, he transferred to NCAA Division II University of North Carolina at Pembroke and served as the men's soccer team captain and a student coach assistant in 2016. He has played for Tormenta's Premier Development League team since 2017, serving as team captain both years. In 2018, he led the team to an undefeated regular season and the franchise's first Deep South Division Championship title.
"I am stoked to sign again with Tormenta FC," Phelps said. "I couldn't think of a better club or organization to be a part of. They are the gold standard from top to bottom. When USL Division III was first coming to light, I was excited to see how the league would prosper too, and I never imagined that I would be a part of its history."