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Published on January 3rd, 2021 | by Staples Soccer


Wreckers Win Academic All-America Honors — For 18th Time!

For the 18th time in 20 years — and the 15th season in a row — the Staples boys soccer program has been honored with a national award for academic excellence.

And they did it with a record-setting GPA, one far beyond the already high standard.

United Soccer Coaches presents the Team Academic Award. Only 2 other public high schools in Connecticut (Newtown and Stonington) qualified.

A squad must have a 3.25 grade point average of all varsity players. The award is given for the previous academic year. In 2019, Staples’ varsity players had an average GPA of 3.76 — way higher than the previous already-superb record of 3.43.

“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 2020 squad should also qualify for the Academic All-American honor.

The 2019 Staples High School varsity: academic All-Americans. (Photo/Christine Bassler)

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