Florida Boys Soccer POY: Brian James

A dedicated ESPNHS team managed this spring'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 19 fellow Gatorade State Spring Boys Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.

For the 30 Gatorade State Fall Boys Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Brian James


School: American Heritage School

(Delray Beach, Fla.)

Grade: Senior

Position: Midfielder

Height: 5-foot-11

Weight: 140 pounds


Athletic achievement: James scored 24 goals and passed for 55 assists this past season, leading the Stallions to the Class 2A state semifinals. A 2011 ESPNHS First Team All-American selection and a two-time Palm Beach Post Player of the Year, he has been a member of the U.S. Soccer Under-18 Men’s National Team player pool. James concluded his prep soccer career with 78 goals and 168 assists.

Academic excellence: James has maintained a weighted 4.52 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally at a retirement home, as a youth soccer coach and on behalf of the Easter Seals.


“Brian is the difference-maker on most teams he plays on,” said Jerry Willenborg, the director of the Weston FC club team. “He plays harder when the team is down, he usually scores game-winners and he is very focused on his game.”

THE FUTURE: James has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at the University of Virginia this fall.