Months after ending a stellar high school career with the Hendersonville hockey program, star defensemen Adam Neiderauer is ready to take his talents to Knoxville, Tennessee to play for the Ice Vols.
A former Hendersonville Inline Hockey Association standout, Neiderauer has laced up the skates for eleven years and hopes his talent on the ice can carry over to the SEC Division I level.
"First, I want to thank both my parents, Rick and Rhonda Neiderauer, for their endless support," Neiderauer stated. "I want to thank Hendersonville High School for helping me develop many of my skills over the past four years, and all my teammates as well."
After playing in an SEC showcase that would eventually lead to him signing with UT, Neiderauer says it's been all business, and training has taken over his every day routine.
"My priority is to gain enough weight to hold my own against the bigger players I will be facing," he said about his biggest concern heading into college. "I believe my best attribute is my ability to skate with the puck and play heads-up hockey. One area that I want to improve upon is the release time on my shot."
Lately, Neiderauer has taken his days one at a time, trying not to center on too much. Instead, he focuses on a slow, steady increase to his game, that could end up taking him beyond his playing days in Knoxville.
"In my first year, I am looking forward to traveling and spending time with my new team," he said. "I believe I will be able to make an immediate impact whether it's in the locker room or on the ice.
"As far as my future is concerned, I would love to take my hockey career to the next level in the future. But I would be content if college hockey is the end of the road for me."
Neiderauer will arrive on campus in August and plans to study criminology during his time at Tennessee.