Texans deepen D1 pedigree with signing of Louisiana Tech transfer Nicole Fels


STEPHENVILLE – The Division I pedigree is rapidly growing for Tarleton soccer, evidenced by the latest addition to the program’s inaugural recruiting class. 

Head coach Pete Cuadrado announced the signing of Louisiana Tech transfer Nicole Fels on Wednesday. 

Fels, a 5-5 forward/defender, is the fifth straight D1 transfer Tarleton has inked and sixth overall. 

She appeared in nine matches as a wing back in two seasons while in Ruston.  

Originally from Tampa Springs, Florida, Fels will have three years to play three seasons at Tarleton. 

She helped the Lady Techsters to a 9-7 overall record during the 2020-21 season. Fels notched the first assist of her collegiate career in a 3-0 win over Belhaven during the spring portion of her freshman campaign. 

Last fall, Fels totaled 112 minutes across five matches, including a season-high 45 in a 4-0 win at Louisiana College on Aug. 25.  

Fels was a decorated two-sport star at East Lake High School before venturing to northern Louisiana.  

She lettered all four years on the pitch under coach John Despota. Fels was a three-time Defensive Player of the Year. As a senior, she received first team All-County recognition and was selected to the Pinellas County Senior All-Star Team. 

Fels was a three-time letter winner in track and field and competed in the 4x800m relay at the 2019 Florida High School Athletic Association Track and Field State Championships as a junior. 

She was active on the club soccer scene as well. Fels competed for Tampa Bay United ECNL 01/02 Girls, who were ranked No. 1 in the Southeast Conference during her tour of duty. 

Fels is also a dedicated student. In 2021, she was named to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll and was a Conference USA academic medalist. Fels was a member of the National Honor Society from 2018-2020 while at East Lake HS. 

She intends to major in business management at Tarleton. 

Fels was recruited by Florida Atlantic, South Florida and Stetson University as well as Louisiana Tech out of high school. She chose Tarleton over recruiting interest from Troy, Florida Southern, and Saint Leo University. 

The signing of Fels swells Tarleton’s 2022 roster to 22 members. She is the third D1 transfer Tarleton has added to its defensive alignment. Tarleton previously publicized the signings of defenders Macie Witter (Georgia) and Macie Johnson (Stephen F. Austin). 

The Texans also bolstered their midfield with transfers Adriana Alonso-Gomez (Dayton), Kiki Baurmann (UT-Martin) and Jenaya Brown (Laramie County Community College) and shaped their future with the signing of 16 prep players in November. 

Tarleton begins competition in August.  

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