Williams' Huffer Named Men's Soccer Scholar Athlete of the Year by NSCAA

Courtesy Williams Sports Information

MISSION, Kan. – The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) has named Williams senior midfielder Patrick Huffer (Boulder, CO) to the 2006 NSCAA/Adidas Senior College Men's Scholar All-America Soccer Team and selected Huffer the 2006 NSCAA/Adidas Men's Scholar Athlete of the Year for Senior Colleges.

Huffer was one of 34 players named nationwide to the three Senior College Men's Scholar Athlete Teams and he is the first from Williams to be honored as the Scholar Athlete of the Year by NSCAA.

The presentation of the 2006 NSCAA/Adidas Men's Scholar Athlete of the Year for Senior Colleges award will take place at the annual NSCAA Convention on January 13th in Indianapolis.

Huffer, a two-time District One ESPN the Magazine First Team Academic All-Region selection, was named a First Team ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American this season.

A biology major, Huffer sports a 3.93 GPA. He is a two-time Academic All-NESCAC choice, has been a Dean's List (minimum 3.5 GPA) student every semester at Williams and was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa as a junior ranking in the top 5% of his class as determined by GPA. He has worked for the Williams Outing Club, at the College's Hopkins Forest and he helped coordinate the "Log Lunches" sponsored by the environmental Sciences Department.

During the spring semester of his junior year Huffer participated in the Poverty and Development Program through Pitzer College in Ecuador. He attended the Universidad de San Francisco de Quito and volunteered at a homeless shelter for elderly people called Fundacion Abuelitos de la Calle (Foundation Grandparents of the Street). He cooked and served food, led dances and calisthenics, and played games at the Foundation. Huffer, whose future plans include attending medical school, also helped out as a medical assistant with Hospital Tierra Nueva (New Earth), serving as a translator for a medical clinic run by the American group The Timmy Foundation.

Huffer was a four-year letter winner at Williams and a captain of the 2006 Ephs. This season Huffer led the Ephs and NESCAC in goals (14). This was the third consecutive year Huffer was the top goal scorer for Williams. He registered 30 points on the year with 14 goals and two assists. He was named First Team All-NESCAC, NESCAC Player of the Year, First Team All-New England by the NSCAA and a NSCAA First Team All-American.

Huffer scored three game-winning goals for the 14-1-2 Ephs as Williams won both the NESCAC regular season and conference tournament and advanced to the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament, before falling to eventual national champion Messiah in a penalty kick shoot out.

"Patrick is the quintessential midfielder in the sense that he is indefatigable, has a high work rate, defends well and is a dynamic attacking player," said Eph head coach Mike Russo. "He also linked defense with our attack and gave us a lot of scoring opportunities, especially with his ability to make the last pass forward. He's a man of action on the field, not vocal when leading. He is a tremendous person, student and he had a fantastic career here."

A four-year letterman, Huffer, helped lead the Ephs to a record of 57-9-6 (.833) over the past four seasons by netting 33 goals and registering 10 assists for 76 points.