A dedicated ESPNHS team managed this past fall's Gatorade Boys Soccer Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.
For his 29 fellow Gatorade State Fall Boys Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.
THE WINNER: Tommy Trupo
School: Charleston Catholic (Charleston, W.Va.)
Athletic achievement: Trupo scored 40 goals and passed for 17 assists this past season, leading the Fighting Irish (23-0-2) to their third consecutive Class AA-A state title. The state’s returning Gatorade Boys Soccer Player of the Year, he was the Class AA-A Player of the Year for the second straight season and an All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Trupo concluded his prep career with 102 goals.
Academic excellence: Trupo has maintained a 3.70 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of an area food bank and a senior center.
“Trupo’s skills make him a great player, but his most important attribute is how he makes everyone better around him,” said Eric Minsker, head coach of Sissonville (Charleston, W.Va.). “His instincts are far superior to anyone we’ve seen.”
THE FUTURE: Trupo has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on scholarship at Marshall University this fall.