Jouett signs with Martin Methodist

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Marshall County High School senior Devin Jouett (front row, middle) signed a letter of intent to play soccer at Martin Methodist College on Thursday. Also pictured with Jouett are Marshall County soccer coach Lisa Raffo and mother Sarah Settles. Back row from left, Martin Methodist assistant soccer coach Chris McBride and Marshall County athletic director Kevin McGeehee. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Marshall County High School senior Devin Jouett will be a member of one of the top NAIA soccer programs in the country this coming Fall after signing a letter of intent to play for Martin Methodist College on Thursday morning at MCHS.

A two-time All-District selection for the Tigerettes, Jouette transferred to Marshall County from Manifee County High School in Kentucky before the start of her junior year. Jouette then started at striker for coach Lisa Raffo's squad the last two seasons and led the Tigerettes in scoring during the 2010 campaign with seven goals and three assists. As a senior, Jouette turned in another solid season and tallied six goals, which was the second highest total on the team, while dishing out three assists.

"She's been a large part of our offense and she was a real leader for the younger girls," said Raffo. "She helped unify the team and get the girls together especially her senior year. I'll really miss her because she's a good person and think she'll be successful."

Austin Peay also showed interest in Jouett, but she decided to sign with Martin Methodist due to the school's close proximity to home and small town atmosphere.

"It's close to home and offered what I wanted. It's located in a small community and is close knit. They have smaller classes at Martin Methodist and there is more one-on-one time with your professors. They also have a very successful program there," said Jouett. "I loved playing at Marshall County. It was like we were a family here."

Jouett will be joining a Red Hawk program that has dominated the Tran South Athletic Conference over the last decade. Along with capturing the league's last nine regular season titles, Martin Methodist has won eight straight conference tournament crowns while also claiming the NAIA national title in 2005 and 2007.

"She's a very hard worker and very dedicated," said Red Hawk assistant coach Chris McBride. "She wants to learn and we think she'll be a great asset to the team because she's very versatile. We want her to train at multiple positions and develop her skills depending upon where we need her."

During her career at Manifee County High School, Jouett started both years on the pitch for the Lady Wildcats and was the team's leading scorer as a freshman and sophomore while earning All-District honors twice.

Jouett was also a member of Manifee County's basketball team and started for the Lady Wildcats her sophomore year before giving up the sport when she transferred to Marshall County in order to concentrate on soccer.