Clarksville, TN –Austin Peay State University (APSU) head football coach Kim McGowan has added another trio of players to his squad with transfer signings Marli Niederhauser and Regan Nolan and standout prep Maddy Bellisari.
After four seasons at Utah State, Niederhauser will spend his final collegiate season at Austin Peay State University. Niederhauser played in 69 games and made 27 starts while in Logan, Utah. The 5-9 forward scored five goals and provided two assists as an Aggie, with her first collegiate goal and an assist in a 3-1 win at Towson (02/09/2018) in her first season .
Niederhauser’s best season came during the COVID-shortened 2019 season when she scored the best three goals of her career and added one assist in just 10 games.
In her first three college seasons, the Mendon, Utah native was a three-time All-Mountain West Academic Winner and a three-time Mountain West Scholar-Athlete. Niederhauser graduated from Utah State with a degree in social work this spring.
Nolan spent his first season at Coastal Carolina and earned a spot on the Dean’s List during his first semester as a Chanticleers.
“Regan stood out throughout her club and high school career playing in midfield,” McGowan said. “With a year under her belt at Coastal, I’m thrilled to see her own flare and impact as she competes for Governors.”
Prior to his lone season in Conway, South Carolina, Nolan enjoyed an outstanding prep career at Sacred Heart Academy in Louisville, Kentucky. Nolan helped guide the Valkyries to four-tier district and regional championships and state championships in 2018 and 2020.
Nolan was named MVP of the 2018 Jenna Cooper Cleat Game — the annual rivalry game between Sacred Heart and Assumption High School — and was named an All-State, All-Region and All-District selection during her senior campaign in 2020. Nolan also played club football for Racing Louisville and helped his team win the 2019 state championship.
Nolan also played for the USA national futsal team in 2018 and 2019, earning four international caps and representing Team USA at an international tournament in Colombia in 2018.
A defender from Dublin, Ohio, Bellisari spent her preparatory career at Bishop Watterson High School. Bellisari helped the Eagles win four consecutive District Finals and three District titles. During his freshman, junior and senior seasons, Bellisari also helped guide the Eagles to the regional finals, which they won and advanced to all four state finals in his first season in 2018. .
“Hard and hardworking are two words I like to use to describe players,” McGowan said. “Maddy embodies both when she defends. Her ability to recover and stop attacks from other teams will be an asset to our backline.
Standing at 5-4, Bellisari has scored seven goals and registered 15 assists during his pre-season career. She was also named the All-League Second Team selection during her time at Bishop Watterson. Bellisari played in his club soccer for the Ohio Premier of the National Elite Club League and was the weekly top drawer soccer star on March 23, 2021.
Bellisari also played basketball during his high school career and was a member of the National Honors Society. She qualified for the honor roll in all 16 terms at Bishop Watterson, where she also holds a 4.0 grade point average.
Bellisari’s father, Greg, played football at Ohio State from 1993 to 1996 before spending the 1997-98 National Football League season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His uncle, Steve, also played football at Ohio State, 1998-01, and spent one season in the NFL with the St. Louis Rams, 2002-03.
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