When he walked in as a freshman at Neenah High School, midfielder Adam Pohlman said his goal was to make first-team all-conference as a senior.
He did that, and so much more.
Pohlman was named the Fox Valley Association’s player of the year, and then was named the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association player of the year, and then was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America all-region team and on Tuesday was named to the NSCAA All-American team.
“I never would have thought this could happen in a million years,” said Pohlman. “I knew I would work hard and I’ve worked hard my whole life. Just getting this is unbelievable. It’s a great experience and I’m really thankful for the opportunity. This is unbelievable.”
The NSCAA has named a high school boys’ all-America team since 1980.
The all-Americans will be honored at the NSCAA All-America Luncheon on Saturday, Jan. 18 as part of the 2014 NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia.
Pohlman finished the season with 37 goals and 26 assists, breaking the Neenah scoring mark set by Kris Kelderman 17 years ago. Kelderman, the son of Neenah coach Harry Kelderman, is the head coach at UW-Milwaukee, where Pohlman will play next year.
Pohlman said Kris Kelderman was the first to call and congratulate him Tuesday, and his phone didn’t stop buzzing all day.
“It helps with all the support with Twitter and all the text messages I get,” said Pohlman. “By the end of the day, my phone was dead, just from replying to everybody and saying thanks. It’s just a blessing to have all the support around me and my family and friends sending their congratulations. It’s really nice.”