Published on October 3rd, 2015 | by Staples Soccer0
Looking Back: 15 College All-Americans
The fall season is in full swing, at many levels. Several former Wreckers are playing college soccer. Mike Noonan ’79 is coaching at Clemson University, and is a strong contender for the national championship.
All of which got Fred Cantor ’71 thinking about the many Staples players who have gone on to great success in the collegiate ranks.
Searching NCAA records, he discovered a remarkable 15 Staples soccer alums who have earned college All-America honors.
The 1st was John Marks ’64, a 1st team honoree for his play at Middlebury College. The most recent — Kyle Martino ’99 — was a 2-time All-America at the University of Virginia. (He went on to become MLS Rookie of the Year, and is now a noted analyst with NBC Sports.)
Steve Baumann — who current players know from his off-season coaching stints — is on the list. So is Seth Sholes ’78 — former junior varsity coach — and Mike Noonan himself.
Interestingly, Fred says, several Wrecker state championship teams have had more than 1 future college All-American in their lineup.
The complete list of collegiate All-Americans:
John Marks ’64 (Middlebury College)
Chip Young ’68 (Brown University)
Steve Baumann ’70 (University of Pennsylvania)
Tim Hunter ’71 (University of Connecticut)
Shane Kennedy ’72 (Babson College)
Paul Hunter ’73 (University of Connecticut)
Dana Hollingsworth ’73 (St. Lawrence University)
Kevin Murphy ’77 (University of Rhode Island)
Seth Sholes ’78 (Wesleyan University)
Mike Noonan ’79 (Middlebury College)
Tod Barrett ’79 (Southern Connecticut State University)
John Nathan ’80 (Wesleyan University)
Guy Claveloux ’83 (Union College)
Nick Trebat ’95 (Williams College)
Kyle Martino ’99 (University of Virginia)