For the 16th time in 18 years — and the 13th season in a row — the Staples boys soccer program has been honored with a national award for academic excellence.
The 2017 Staples High School boys soccer team: Academic All-America winners for the 16th time in 18 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Alan Frost photo
And they did it with one of their highest GPAs ever.
United Soccer Coaches presented the Wreckers with a Team Academic Award at last weekend’s annual convention in Chicago. The only other Connecticut boys public high school to earn the award was Ellington.
To qualify, a squad must have a 3.25 grade-point average of all varsity players. The award is given for the previous academic year. In 2017, Staples’ varsity players had an average GPA of 3.40. That was just shy of the previous year’s GPA: 3.46.
“I’ve always said that our players are some of the smartest and most creative people at Staples,” said head coach Dan Woog.
“We want our guys to be as strong in the classroom as they are on the field. What’s especially gratifying about this award is that it’s won as a team. I’m proud that United Soccer Coaches recognizes our team as one that strives for academic excellence.”
Woog said that indications are good that the 2018 squad should also qualify for the Academic All-American honor.