Former Tech goalkeeper coach Kevin Doyle was one of the coaches running the camp and was impressed with what he saw.
“First time I ever saw him (Kyle) play was at camp and I just thought he was a tough kid,” Doyle said. “I thought he was a good goalkeeper. I thought he had a lot of potential and I just liked everything about him.”
Doyle was not the first to see these traits in Renfro.
“He had outstanding work ethic and was a great athlete,” Beamer said. “He was actually an excellent field player too — not only a goalkeeper. He had an outstanding attitude and was a great player to work with, no question about that.”
Doyle was so impressed with Renfro as a goalkeeper that he pulled him aside on one of the last days of camp and offered him a chance to play at Tech.
At the time, Doyle had no idea how impactful his decision would be on Renfro’s life as well as on the future of the men’s soccer program.
“It was the school I always wanted to come to,” Renfro said. “It was like a dream come true. I didn’t have to think about any other schools.”
For Renfro, that one training session was the difference between reaching his goal and missing out on it.
“Had he not come to that camp we never really would have known about him even though he was right up the road,” Doyle said.
Although Renfro has only just begun playing in his junior year at Tech, he aspires to play professionally in the future.
“I think anybody in college should be interested in moving on to the next level,” Renfro said. “It’s always been a dream of mine since I was a little kid.”
As Renfro continues to take the field for the Hokies, he is constantly reminded how different his life would be if he had not attended that camp. He understands that life is all about opportunity, and he is not taking his opportunity of playing for the Hokies for granted.
His dream opportunity may come down to one week, one day, once again.