The power of social media provided a nice surprise for Neenah’s Adam Pohlman on Thursday.
The Neenah senior was named the Gatorade Wisconsin Boys’ Soccer Player of the Year, becoming the third Neenah player to win the award.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling,” Pohlman said. “I found out today while looking on Twitter, actually. Then I talked to (Neenah athletic director) Mr. Werner a couple of minutes later and he gave me the good news.”
Pohlman led the Rockets to an 18-3-1 record and was a key cog in Neenah’s offensive attack. He finished with 37 goals and 26 assists and his outstanding play also netted him the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association Player of the Year award as well as an All-American designation by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
“It’s truly a dream come true,” Pohlman added. “It’s something you dream of as a kid and to have that dream and vision come true is unreal. It’s hard to put into words.”
Pohlman had given a verbal commitment to play soccer at the Division I level at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He recently decided to forgo his scholarship in the hopes of playing basketball in college.
The 6-foot Pohlman is an outstanding point guard and has the Rockets ranked No. 3 in the state in Division 1.
Pohlman is the third Neenah player to receive the award, joining Stuart Grable (2007) and Kris Kelderman (1987). Pohlman is also now a finalist for the National Player of the Year award, which will be announced in May.
“It is just a great honor and it’s very nice to get recognized for the hard work I have put in for many years,” Pohlman said. “I want to thank everyone who has helped me through the years and have supported me since Day 1.”