David Howarth ’15 has been selected to the 2015 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) High School Boys’ Scholar All-America Team. The prestigious honor is based upon high school soccer excellence, community service, and maintaining a GPA of at least a 3.75 or higher. Official recognition will take place on August 1 at Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Palace Hotel in Orlando, FL where guest speaker and former head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team, Tony DiCicco, will say a few words.
David was a four-year varsity starter for the Foxes at center midfield. With 15 goals and 6 assists this past season, he was one of three captains to lead the team to a runner-up finish during the Friends Schools League playoffs and to a berth in the NJSIAA playoffs. In 2013, Howarth was a starter on a team that reached the NJSIAA Non-Public B South championship match.
His cumulative GPA at Moorestown Friends exceeded 4.0 and he was inducted into the Cum Laude Society, the academic honor society for independent schools. He also volunteered for TOPS Soccer, a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers. A member of the BCSA United club team, in previous years David also was selected to the New Jersey and Region I Olympic Development Program teams.
Boys’ Soccer Coach Mike Schlotterbeck watched Howarth grow as a player and person from freshman to senior year: “David is one of the best players ever to put on a soccer uniform at Moorestown Friends School. His first two years, David’s skill shined, but it took him time to adjust to the more physical nature of high school soccer. These past two years, David has been a man among boys in many games. But more than the soccer, I’ll miss the way David conducted himself on and off the field. A quiet guy, David led by example and respected his teammates, coaches, opponents, and officials.”
Howarth was named the Most Valuable Player for the Foxes this season, he was a All-Friends League First Team selection in 2013 and 2014, he was named Second Team All-South Jersey this season by the South Jersey Soccer Coaches Association, and he was invited to play in the New Jersey State High School All-Star Senior Classic to represent South Jersey – the first player in Coach Schlotterbeck’s nine years in the program to be selected to this team.
In the fall David will continue his soccer career at Colby College.