Boys' Varsity Soccer Team Awarded Sportsmanship Award for 6th Consecutive Year.
Moses Brown School is proud to announce that Boys’ Varsity Head Coach Eric Aaronian, of Rumford, was named R.I. Private SchoolCoach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America; and as the Division II Coach of the Year by the Rhode Island Soccer Coach Association. This is his second time so honored by RISCA. Aaronian has been a member of the upper school science faculty since 2006, and is currently serving as the cross-divisional science chair. He has been head coach for the boys’ varsity team for the last seven years.
“I am incredibly lucky to be able to coach such wonderful student-athletes,” says Aaronian. “They see the fields as an extension of the classroom and attack practice and games with as much effort and enthusiasm as they put into their schoolwork. It is easy for me to go to practice every day when I know I will be interacting with such great kids.”
MB senior Luis Hernandez ’16, of Central Falls, was also one of three Rhode Islanders named as an All-New England selection. This has been the first time in MB history that a student was named as an NSCAA All-New England player. Hernandez was also named DII Player of the Year. Aaronian calls Hernandez an exceptional person, leader, and player.
“Playing with MB was the best soccer experience I have ever had in my life,” Hernandez says. “The team really becomes your family and it’s nice knowing that everyone has your back after a mistake, and you have theirs. I honestly don’t think I would have been able to accomplish what I accomplished without the rest of the team. I did post a lot of shutouts, and had few goals against, but it was only because our team played great, and I think that all started because of the great friendships and chemistry that we established.” Hernandez came to Moses Brown in the eighth grade through Project GOAL, a local after-school soccer program. “Project GOAL opened my eyes to private school, and with the help of them, and MB alum David Ortiz ‘97, I applied to MB and nothing has been the same. It has been the best five years of my life, and I am so glad to have made that decision. They’ve helped me whenever I needed tutors and they were always there to support me and guide me throughout the way.”
Moses Brown congratulates the MB boys’ soccer team for winning the Division II Sportsmanship Award for an unprecedented sixth year in a row. The Sportsmanship Award is voted on by the R.I. Coaches Association, recognizing the team that best displays integrity, character, and fair play during the entire season.
“To be recognized by other coaches in the state as a team that brings the best out of their teams is testament to the type of student-athletes we have here at MB,” states Aaronian. “Doing our best, respecting our opponent, and playing the game the right way is part of our culture and it is humbling to see those core values recognized publicly for the last six years.”
The MB boys’ varsity soccer team lost 1-0 in double overtime in the Division II State Championship game and ended their season 17-1-3.
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