Ten Eyck grew up in Wichita playing youth club soccer from an early age. With an older brother to compete against in the backyard, he quickly realized a faster and stronger speed of play. That toughness would later payoff when Kevin was awarded a soccer scholarship to Friends University.
During those years, Kevin became an NAIA All-American, and is now an assistant coach for the University he once played for. “Kevin is the most competitive player I’ve ever coached,” said Friends University Head Coach Nathan Wilkey.
Kevin became a professional indoor soccer player with the Wichita Wings, and most recently with the Wichita B-52s. After his first season with the Wings, Ten Eyck was honored with the MISL Rookie-of the-Year award and chosen to represent the United States Futsal team during World Cup Qualifying in Guatemala.
“Kevin’s loved by the Wichita soccer community! He has international caps with the US National Futsal Team, and was named MISL Rookie of the Year. It’s important in our inaugural NPSL season for local players to step forward and help lead our city’s club to its goal: the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. Doing so gives soccer fans an opportunity to watch a player they know, respect, and support. Inspiring young players who are developing on the same fields he did makes Kevin’s heart beat! I think we’ll see the best of Kevin Ten Eyck!” -Blake Shumaker
Last year, with FC Wichita, Ten Eyck was key to the clubs conference championship, and became the clear leader on a back line that rarely conceded goals. “Kevin is very important to both club and city,” said CEO Blake Shumaker. “We can’t picture going forward without his experience and passion for this community. Kevin is clearly a winner, and a leader, he makes all the difference in the world for us.”
Ten Eyck’s 2015 NPSL season was definitely special. He was selected to the NPSL All-League first XI in both the Media and supporters polls. His 70 yard goal (NPSL Staples “Make More Happen Goal of the Year”) against Fort Worth on the final game of the regular season, pushed FC Wichita to the top of the table and made him social media famous. Video of the goal accomplished something very rare in US Soccer at any level. It was seen over a million times across all social networks including better then 137,000 YouTube views and receiving over 350,000 tweets.
“The goal was also shared many times because our UFC style announcers”, said Shumaker as he laughed. “We don’t care why people watch it, we have brilliant players, and it’s our job to draw media attention to them. Most people don’t realize that Kevin looked over to the staff and asked if he should try to score after noticing the goalkeeper off his line. He hit a 70 plus yard shot into a 25 mph cross wind, and he called it!”
“We’re proud to have Kev back for 2016,” said GM Larry Inlow. “We love what he brings to the club, he wholeheartedly loves this city, and it effects the entire team on match day.”