Senior Recognized as All-American at National Ceremony
On Jan. 12, senior Brennan Callow was recognized as a member of the 2018 Fall High School Boys All-America soccer team at a ceremony in Chicago, Illinois.
The honor was given by the United Soccer Coaches, the world’s largest soccer coaches’ organization that recognizes youth through college-aged athletes. All-Americans, 68 male athletes and 58 female athletes from around the United States, took part in a special, graduation-style procession.
“It was pretty unbelievable and it was really humbling,” Callow said of receiving the award. “It was an amazing experience.”
Seven Hills varsity soccer coach Nick Francis also attended the convention. He said the convention, which has attendees from around the United States and the world, gives people a sense of how big the soccer community truly is.
Francis said Callow is the first All-American he’s coached. He added that it’s great to see Callow recognized by the United Soccer Coaches because Callow has put so much work into high school soccer and cares about the sport and his team.
“Brennan has been an excellent student-athlete in many ways. I enjoyed coaching Brennan because he was eager to do whatever he could to help the team and he was always looking to improve,” Francis said. “Having such a strong player and positive leader has helped raise the bar for our soccer program. We will obviously miss him on the field but we’ll miss him being around school in general.”
Seven Hills Athletic Director Scott Willard noted that being named an All-American is an honor for Callow and Seven Hills.
“Seven Hills is proud and excited that Brennan was recognized as an All-American, an honor given to top soccer players around the country,” Willard said. “Brennan exemplifies the hard work and dedication that defines our athletics program. He is not only an excellent soccer player, a great team leader, and well-liked by his teammate and classmates. He’s a great part of the Seven Hills community!”
Since his soccer career began, Callow has kept his eye on becoming an All-American, making it a goal at a young age.
“Getting the award, personally, has been a big goal of mine since I’ve been playing soccer,” Callow said. “I was at a soccer camp when I was younger and I wrote on a little piece of paper that I was going to be a high school All-American by the end.”
In addition to being named an All-American, Callow was selected for a spot on the USA Today American Family Insurance ALL-USA preseason team, was named MVC Player of the Year, and was named a LaRosa’s MVP in his final fall athletics season at Seven Hills. He will attend University of Michigan this fall.