April 9, 2013
The Santa Clara Sporting 94b Team are excited to announce the successful recruitment of 19 student athletes who were recruited to play collegiate soccer begining in the Fall of 2013. The team started-out back in 2005 as a Class 3 team, and rose through the ranks of the toughest competition in Northern California, and are now Ranked #11 in the US by GotSoccer.com.
"It has been a long road to reach this big milestone," said Gabe Foo, team manager. The team has been competing in one of the most talented and competitve age groups in the country, and this forced the team to develop really talented soccer players. In addition to soccer talent, players need academic results to get recruited into college, so the boys have to be just as committed to building academic succes off the field.
Mike Graczyk, the teams’ head coach added, "all our players are attending college, and some received entrance into prestigous programs and chosen to focus on academics after they finish playing at Sporting this Spring. Some of the guys are academic studs and it makes sense for them to prioritize academic choices over soccer choices. We want to thank Santa Clara Sporting for the incredible support to help our players achieve their dreams to play soccer in college."
Mike Graczyk, an Assistant Coach at Stanford is the teams’s head coach and another key component to the recruitment success. Mike competed at the University of New Mexico where he led the Lobos to a Final 4 in the NCAA Tournament. He was later drafted to the Colorado Rapids and played at the San Jose Earthquakes. Mike has been coaching collegiate soccer at Harvard and Stanford.
Santa Clara Sporting 94 (2012-13 grads)
The team has a handful of players still making final collegiate decisions and we will update this list before the Spring season ends.