KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Earning recognition as his sport's top student-athlete, senior Conor Coleman of the Tufts University men's soccer team was announced on Wednesday as the United Soccer Coaches National Scholar Player of the Year for Division III.
United Soccer Coaches announced on Wednesday the association's National Players of the Year at the youth, high school and college levels, as well as the association's National Scholar Players of the Year for high school and college student-athletes. The association's National Player of the Year and National Scholar Player of the Year awards recognize outstanding individuals from the association's All-America and Scholar All-America teams at the youth through college ranks. National Players of the Year and National Scholar Players of the Year will be honored for their accomplishments at the United Soccer Coaches All-America Luncheon on January 20, 2018 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in conjunction with the 2018 United Soccer Coaches Convention in Philadelphia.
A co-captain and starting center-back for head coach Josh Shapiro's Tufts team, Coleman is an international relations major who earlier this month received United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America first team honors. He was also named a United Soccer Coaches first team All-American in late November for his on-field play.
Also a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Academic Team member this fall, Coleman has achieved Dean's list honors in each of his six semesters at Tufts. A member of the Tufts Financial Group, he carries an A average across all of his studies for which he has a concentration in International Finance. Coleman is also minoring in Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies and Philosophy. He worked as an investment banker intern at Jefferies LLC in New York City for the summer of 2017.
From Phoenix, Coleman was a leader of a Jumbo team that won its first NESCAC title this year. The Jumbos advanced to the NCAA "Elite Eight" and finished with a 15-2-4 record and the #5 national ranking in the final United Soccer Coaches poll. Tufts finished atop NESCAC for the regular season with 23 points (7-1-2).
He was at the center of a Tufts defense that allowed just two goals in 1,997 minutes of play this season for a 0.09 goals against average that ranked second in Division III. Offensively, Coleman scored twice on penalty kicks and added two assists for six points while starting all 21 games.
Coleman also started for 2016 Tufts team that won NCAA Championship. He was a freshman on Tufts' 2014 NCAA Championship team.