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Published on December 10th, 2021 | by Staples Soccer


Wreckers Win Academic All-America Honors — For 19th Time!

For the 19th time in 21 years — and the 16th 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 near record-setting GPA, one far beyond the already high standard.

United Soccer Coaches presents the Team Academic Award. Only one other public high schools in Connecticut — Foran in Milford — qualified this year.

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 3.57 — the second highest on record for the Wreckers.

“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 2021 squad should also qualify for the Academic All-American honor.

The 2020 varsity: Academic All-Americans. (Photo/Drew Douglas)


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