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Published on October 15th, 2017 | by Staples Soccer


Tom Henske Named To Northport HS Hall Of Fame

There was a good reason Tom Henske missed yesterday’s Staples soccer car wash: He was being inducted into the Northport High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

The ceremony — at the school just across the Sound from Westport — was richly deserved. A 4-year varsity starter, the Staples coach was one of the best Long Island goalkeepers in years. He led the Tigers to a 41-8-8 record, and 3 league championships. His goals-against average was 0.70.

Henske was a 2-year captain, a 3-year All-League and All County selection; a Puma and NSCAA All-American; New York State Gatorade Player of the Year, and Puma’s Natioanl Goalkeepr of the Year.

He played for the US U-18 and U-20 national teams.

At the University of Virginia, Henske started as a freshman (replacing national team player Tony Meola), and won 3 NCAA Division I championships. He was the hero of the first NCAA final hel played in, as the Cavaliers beat Santa Clara University 3-1 in a penalty kick shootout following a scoreless draw.

Henske ran UVa’s largest student fundraiser, “Shoot Out Cancer,” for a teammate. He donated his championship ring to charity, and organized events asking students, community members and businesses to match his contribution. As a senior, Henske received Virginia’s Distinguished Student Award.

Congratulations, Tom!


Tom Henske with his son Spencer — a Staples freshman goalkeeper — and daughter Sammi.

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