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NCAA Apr 10, 2024

Indiana men’s soccer program adds pair of transfers from Virginia and Tulsa

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana men’s soccer head coach Todd Yeagley announced the addition of two transfer student-athletes to the 2024 roster.

Virginia goalkeeper Holden Brown and Tulsa midfielder Luke Jeffus will move to Bloomington when preseason kicks off in August. Both athletes join the program as graduate transfers, with Brown retaining two years of eligibility.

Indiana has brought in four newcomers via the transfer portal this offseason. Yeagley announced in January the additions of Louisville defender Quinton Elliot and Northwestern forward Justin Weiss, meaning IU has added a player with collegiate experience in each position group. Yeagley also announced a nine-man freshman signing class in February, featuring three forwards, three midfielders and three defenders.

Holden Brown | Goalkeeper | 6-4 | Zionsville, Ind. | Virginia

Native Hoosier Holden Brown will return to his roots after four years with blue blood program Virginia, where he was the first-choice goalkeeper since his sophomore year. Brown started 44 matches over the last three seasons, recording 13 clean sheets and a .748 save percentage. His 163 career saves ranks tied for No. 6 in the Virginia record books.

“Holden is a wonderful addition to our program,” Yeagley said. “He is a proven starter with great size and athletic tools.”

Brown earned both third-team All-ACC and All-ACC Tournament Team honors as a junior in 2022, earning eight clean sheets and a 1.03 goals against average that season. He was named a team captain prior to the 2023 campaign and started eight games but missed the last half due to injury.

“Holden will also add value to our locker room with his natural leadership skills and engaging personality,” Yeagley added. “He has the unique ability to light up a room and help his teammates play at a high level. We are excited to have Holden join our program for the next two years as he pursues his master’s degree in our media school.”

Holden’s eldest brother, Brock Brown, was a four-year swimming student athlete at Indiana. His twin sister, Ainsley, and elder brother, Forrest, also attended IU.

Luke Jeffus | Midfielder | 5-11 | Sand Springs, Okla. | Tulsa

Luke Jeffus was a fixture in the Tulsa midfield all four years, helping the Golden Hurricanes reach the NCAA Tournament twice.

“Luke is a perfect fit for IU,” Yeagley said. “He has the winning mentality and character qualities we look for in our central midfielders.

Jeffus appeared in 62 matches with 55 starts at Tulsa, including four tournament games, and totaled three goals and five assists. As a senior, he led the Golden Hurricanes in minutes played.

“He has played an important role at Tulsa and brings a lot of experience to our program. His versatility, IQ and technical ability are all important qualities he adds to our midfield. We are excited to have Luke join IU and pursue his master’s degree through the Kelley School.