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: Brian Hart
School: Phillips Exeter Academy (Exeter, N.H.)
Athletic achievement: Hart scored 35 goals and passed for 13 assists this past season to lead the Big Red (18-2) to the New England Prep School Athletic Council semifinals. A Boston Globe All-Scholastic and the NEPSAC Class A MVP, he broke the school’s single-season and career records for goals scored.
Academic excellence: Hart has maintained a B average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: Also a hockey standout, he has volunteered locally on behalf of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and a youth skating program.
“Brian Hart is an absolute monster, a beast,” said Bill Scott, head coach of rival Phillips Academy Andover (Andover, Mass.). “He’s as good a prep player as I’ve seen in a long time, and I’ve been coaching for 31 years. He’s quick and strong and runs through people, but his skill level is stunningly good.”
THE FUTURE: Hart will attend Harvard University this fall, where he will play hockey.