Alabama Boys' Soccer Player of the Year

Updated: August 25, 2008, 5:53 PM ET
ESPNRISE.com

In its third decade of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, Gatorade joined with RISE Magazine to name junior forward CHANDLER HOFFMAN of OAK MOUNTAIN HIGH as its 2007-08 Alabama Boys' Soccer Player of the Year.

The 5-foot-11, 141-pound junior forward scored 34 goals and passed for 11 assists this season, helping the Eagles to a 20-7-2 record and a second straight Class 6A state title. A returning First Team All-Metro selection as named by the Birmingham News and a First Team All-State honoree, Hoffman recorded 77 goals and 23 assists in his career. He earned state tournament Most Valuable Player honors as a sophomore, when he netted a hat trick in a 4-0 state semifinal win and assisted on the lone goal in the title game, a 1-0 victory over Vestavia Hills last season.



Hoffman has maintained a 4.02 GPA in the classroom. He volunteers as a Sunday School teacher and Vacation Bible School instructor on behalf of Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church. In addition to donating his time to the Special Olympics, he participates in multiple community-service initiatives as a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

"Chandler has an amazing ability to finish his opportunities; those people are hard to come by," said Robert Starr, Hoffman's club coach with the Birmingham United Soccer Association. "When he has the ball on his foot, you know it's a great opportunity to put the ball in the back of the net. He just has a nose for scoring goals."

Hoffman will begin his senior year of high school this fall and remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.