NORFOLK – A Norfolk Academy graduate has been named a 2016 High School Scholar All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Dillon Jacob was among 33 boys players selected for the honor. Fifty-one girls were also chosen. In all, 300 student-athletes were nominated by coaches across the country for the award, according to a release from Norfolk Academy. Student-athletes must have a 3.75 GPA to qualify and are chosen based on a combination of academic performance, playing ability and community service.
“We consider this the highest award of all the awards,” said Haroot Hakopian, national chair of the NSCAA High School Scholar All-America Committee. “This was a more competitive year than I have ever seen it, and I have been involved for 12 years.”
A majority of the athletes selected for this year’s team had been recognized as all-state players for two years in a row, according to Hakopian.
Jacob credited his team and coaches for his selection.
“I feel lucky, more than anything,” he said. “Our team was really good, and you have to be on a good team to get selected. We have so many great players.”
Jacob had 58 goals and 16 assists in his Norfolk Academy career, good for 10th on the school’s all-time scoring list. He earned numerous honors, including 2015 nods for Prep League Player of the Year, TCIS Player of the Year and TCIS Tournament Most Valuable Player. He will attend Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., and play soccer there.
Jacob played football at Norfolk Academy before switching to soccer his sophomore year. He also played varsity tennis in the spring from the eighth grade on, holding the No. 1 spot for most of those years, according to the school’s release.
Sean Wetmore, who coached Jacob in varsity soccer and nominated him for the All-American award, said this in the release about his former player:
“Dillon is the quintessential Bulldog — he is an outstanding multi-sport athlete and an equally impressive student, applying the same sense of dogged determination and maximum effort in both venues. His contribution to the soccer program these past three years cannot be overstated. He was both a vocal leader as well as a leader by example. When your best player is also your hardest worker, you have something special. That is Dillon in a nutshell.”