Gatorade Press Release–Chicago (May 10, 2016)
In its 31st year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Leroy Enzugusi of Linn-Mar High School as its 2015-16 Gatorade Iowa Boys Soccer Player of the Year. Enzugusi is the first Gatorade Iowa Boys Soccer Player of the Year to be chosen from Linn-Mar High School.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Enzugusi as Iowa’s best high school boys soccer player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year award to be announced in May, Enzugusi joins an elite alumni association of past state award-winners in 12 sports, including Abby Wambach (1997-98, Our Lady of Mercy, N.Y.), Derek Jeter (1991-92, Kalamazoo HS, Mich.), Candace Parker (2001-02, Naperville Central HS, Ill.), Alexi Lalas (1987-88, Cranbrook HS, Mich.), Heather O’Reilly (2001-02, East Brunswick HS, N.J.) and Mark Sanchez (2004-05, Mission Viejo HS, Calif.).
The 6-foot-1, 165-pound junior midfielder and forward had led the Lions to a 10-3 record entering their recent regular-season finale. At the time of his selection, Enzugusi had scored 15 goals and passed for nine assists. A 2015 Class 3A Second Team All-State selection, Enzugusi is a member of the U.S. Youth Soccer Region II Olympic Development Program team. He tallied a goal and an assist in LinnMar’s 2-0 win over Ankeny Centennial High in the 2015 Class 3A state title game.
Enzugusi has maintained a 3.39 GPA in the classroom. Born in Kenya, he moved to Iowa at the age of five. He is a member of the LinnMar Student Diversity Team and has volunteered locally as a youth soccer coach and referee.
“Leroy Enzugusi is the best forward in Iowa with his technical ability,” said Sam Koenig, head coach of Wahlert Catholic High. “Add on top of that speed and athleticism, and he is dangerous at all times. He has an outstanding knack for scoring goals and making his teammates better.”
Enzugusi has made a verbal commitment to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at Drake University beginning in the fall of 2017.
The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade high school sports leadership team in partnership with USA TODAY High School Sports, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.
Enzugusi joins recent Gatorade Iowa Boys Soccer Players of the Year Adam Nicholson (2014-15, Iowa City High School), Sam Graving (2013-14, Johnston High School), Mueng Sunday (2012-13, Iowa City West High School), Eric Williams (2011-12, Valley High School), Gabe Christianson (2010–11, Kennedy High School), Erik Boyer (2009-10, Kennedy High School), Husref Jupic (2008–09, Hoover High School), Hunter Kennedy (2007-08, Washington High School), and Charlie Schwartz (2006-07, Bettendorf High School) among the state’s list of former award winners. Linn-Mar’s Jordan Bohannon also was named an Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year, in basketball, earlier this winter.
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