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Soccer Cats Earn Academic All-Ohio and Academic All-American Status

By Joe Ginley '12, 12/09/19, 10:30AM EST


The Wildcats set a record with 9 Academic All-Americans.

Winning on the field is great, but winning off of the field to Head Soccer Coach Mike McLaughlin '85.

McLaughlin's emphasis on excellence in the classroom is evident in the results. For the 19th year in a row, the Saint Ignatius soccer program earned Team Academic All-America honors from the United Soccer Coaches, as well as Team Academic All-Ohio.

The soccer program is filled not only with talented soccer players, but very bright young men.

As a team, the Wildcats' GPA is pretty impressive. The Soccer Cats recorded a team GPA of 3.58. That's pretty darn good.

Just as impressive, the Wildcats set a record for Academic All-Ohio honorees. A total of nine Soccer Cats surpassed the 3.3 GPA bar required for Academic All-Ohio. 

In the last 20 years, no Ohio other team has notched more Academic All-Ohio student-athletes than the Wildcats. 

Here are the Wildcats' Academic All-Ohio honorees:

Joe Katic: 4.21 GPA

Matthew McLaughlin: 4.18 GPA

Danny Radigan: 3.90 GPA

Gavan Richards: 3.77 GPA

Ryan Roberts: 4.38 GPA

Nick Russo: 3.95 GPA

Ian Sugar: 3.86 GPA

Peter Van Euwen: 4.44 GPA

Austin Zeleznik: 3.91 GPA

In addition, we have more Wildcats to give shoutouts to. 

At the Greater Cleveland Awards, several Wildcats were honored. McLaughlin was named the Player of the Year and to the 1st Team. Kyle Folds and Van Euwen joined him on the top team.

Everett Shorey made the 2nd Team after a 30-goal season.

Danny Kalic, Theo Kudlo, and Ryan Notarianni also earned honors, snagging honorable mention.

Congrats to all of our Academic All-Ohioans and Greater Cleveland honorees!