The Boys Varsity Soccer Program is one of the oldest and most successful athletic programs at Montverde Academy. Originally founded in the fall of 1932, the first season in the history of the program witnessed competitive matches against the University of Florida in Gainesville as regular season contests. Over the next few decades, the program would evolve into a high level program that was well respected throughout Central Florida and the southern region of the United States.
Throughout its history, the Boys Varsity Soccer Program has had a number of Head coaches who have contributed to the foundation upon which the program has been built over the years. In 1963, current faculty member Arnaldo Carlo-Melendez took over as coach and led the team to its first Winter Soccer State Series Semi-Final finals. Coach Daniel Thompson would then take over in 1998 and would win a District Championship. In 2003, current Assistant Coach Chuck Monteleone took over and the Eagles won 7 consecutive District Championships, 5 Regional Championships and went to the States Series 3 times including two consecutive State Runner-Up titles.
In 2010, Head Coach Mike Potempa accepted the Head Coaching position at Montverde Academy and brought the program to new heights as they finished the 2010-11 Varsity soccer season undefeated for the first time in school history with an overall record of 26 wins, 0 losses, and 1 draw. The Eagles finished ranking as the #1 team in Central Florida by the Orlando Sentinel, the # 1 team in the State of Florida according the ESPN Rise Magazine, and were crowned #1 National Champions by ESPN Rise Magazine and the Powerade Fab 50. In April of 2011, ESPN made a special a visit to the campus of Montverde Academy to present the Eagles with their first ever National Championship trophy in front of the student body, faculty, and staff and were featured live on ESPN SportsCenter the following morning.
For the first time in program history, David Graydon was named the Lake Country Player of the Year as well as an ESPN Rise All-American along with fellow junior striker Joao Victor Ramalho. Juan Jose Morales would go on to break the school scoring record in a season with 28 goals, and was also named the 2010 Brighthouse Male Athlete of the Year.
The entire Senior class of 2011 signed athletic specific soccer scholarships at NCAA Division I and Division II levels and paved the way for new heights for the program moving forward into 2012.
The Eagles were recognized as the Preseason #1 high school team in the nation by ESPN Rise Magazine for the 2011-12 winter season and finished the year with an overall record of 23 wins, 0 losses, and 4 draws. The Boys Varsity Soccer Program was recognized as the #1 high school program in the country for 2011-12 by MaxPreps.com and finished #2 in the final ESPN Rise Magazine rankings. For the second consecutive year under Head Coach Mike Potempa, the entire Senior class of 2012 signed athletic specific scholarships at NCAA and NAIA institutions and currently holds the nation's longest unbeaten streak at 54 matches. The Senior class of 2012 witnessed 9 NCAA Division I scholarship athletes in addition to the Lake County Player of the Year for the second year in a row (David Graydon). Juan Jose Morales scored 32 goals in 20 matches breaking his own goal scoring record from 2010.
2012 also marked the first ever Montverde Academy Soccer Tournament (M.A.S.T.) held at MVA's state-of-the-art athletic complex where the Eagles were victorious over in state rival American Heritage-Delray by a final score of 3-1. Alex Anyaegbunam was unanimously voted the tournament's most valuable player and, with the victory, the Eagles were once again recognized as the #1 team in the United States by ESPN Rise Magazine heading into the final week of the season.
The boys varsity soccer program has seen many changes throughout its 80 year history, yet the future continues to look bright for the Eagles moving forward with player development at the forefront and success on a national scale now the standard.
Below is a comprehensive list of NCAA Division I, II, III, and NAIA Colleges and Universities who have visited the campus of Montverde Academy to recruit student athletes on the Boys Varsity Soccer Team since August of 2010.
|Anderson University||Lindsey Wilson College||University of Kentucky|
|Appalachian State University||Loyola University of Chicago||University of Maryland|
|Barry University||Marquette University||University of New Mexico|
|Belhaven University||Memphis University||University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill|
|Catawba College||Mercer University||University of North Carolina-Charlotte|
|Clemson University||Oregon State University||University of North Carolina-Greensboro|
|Coker College||Penn State University||University of North Carolina-Wilmington|
|Cornell University||Rollins College||University of North Florida|
|East Tennessee State University||Santa Clara University||University of South Carolina|
|Elizabethtown College||Southeastern University||University of Tampa|
|Flagler College||SUNY Binghamton||University of Tulsa|
|Florida Gulf Coast University||St. John's University||University of West Florida|
|Florida Institute of Technology||St. Leo University||University of Wisonsin Milwaukee|
|Florida International University||St. Louis Univeristy||Virginia Commonwealth University|
|Florida Southern College||Syracuse University||Webber International University|
|Fordham University||Thiel College||Winthrop University|
|Francis Marion University||Thomas University||Wright State University|
|Georgia Southern University||Trinity University|
|Jacksonville University||University of Central Florida|
|Liberty University||University of Dayton|
|Lincoln Memorial University|