The Gatorade State Boys Soccer Players of the Year were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2015-16 season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.
For a list of the other Gatorade State Boys Soccer Players of the Year winners, click here.
THE WINNER: Josh Drack
School: Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)
Weight: 140 pounds
Athletic achievement: He led the Huskies to a 19-2-4 record and the Division I state championship this past season. Drack scored 25 goals and passed for 21 assists, chipping in with two goals and three assists in the state tournament. In his first year playing high school soccer, Drack was the AZCentral.com Big School Player of the Year and the Arizona Interscholastic Association Player of the Year. He spent his freshman and sophomore years in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy and currently lives with a host family in Portland, Ore., following his decision to train with the Portland Timbers of the Development Academy.
Academic excellence: Drack has maintained a weighted 3.52 GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of the Hamilton High Astronomy Club during his tenure as a student, he has volunteered with the Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Family program and as a youth soccer coach.
“Josh Drack is a crafty individual who would always be in the right place at the right time,” said Sasha Hunter, head coach of Chandler High. “He moves off the ball very well and sneaks to the 18-yard line better than most kids I have ever seen.”
THE FUTURE: Drack will begin his senior year of high school this fall.