As Penn Soccer celebrates it 100th season, we currently stand as the seventh winningest NCAA program of all-time.  Now more than ever, our program strives for success in everything we do.  Our student-athletes are well-rounded individuals who have chosen to attend Penn for the incredible opportunities the University, the city of Philadelphia, and the Penn soccer program presents them.  It is a truly unique combination.

 

TRADITION...EXCELLENCE...PRIDE...INTEGRITY...BALANCE...FAMILY.

 

These ideas are the foundation of Penn Soccer.  Our TRADITION of success began with the Intercollegiate Soccer Football Association Championships in 1928, 1930, and 1931 and has stretched throughout the century with Ivy League Championships in five of the past six decades.  The young men who don the Red & Blue strive for EXCELLENCE on the field and in the classroom.  Over the years, 127 Penn soccer players have been named All-Americans and 56 have earned First Team All-Ivy League recognition.  Numerous student-athletes have been named Academic All-Americans and Academic All-Ivy League.  The recent Penn teams have been awarded four consecutive Team Academic Awards by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for earning a collective grade point average of above a 3.0 for the academic year.  This tradition of excellence is a source of tremendous PRIDE for our current student-athletes, our many alumni spread across the country and around the world, the Penn Athletic Department, and the University as a whole.  This pride has played a significant role in the development and subsequent construction of the new Soccer Stadium at Rhodes Field which was completed for the 2002 season and christened with an Ivy League Championship.

 

INTEGRITY has been and continues to be a critical component of our success.  We believe it is important to not only achieve success, but to achieve that success doing things the right way.  One of the most attractive parts of the Penn soccer program is the tremendous BALANCE found in the lives of our student-athletes.  Many of our student-athletes are looked upon as leaders in and around campus.  They are proud to represent our program, the athletic department, and the University.  Whether it entails taking an active role in the student government, playing in a musical group, joining a Greek organization, or immersing themselves in the social and cultural opportunities present in the city of Philadelphia, our student-athletes are always looking to stretch their horizons and explore the different opportunities available to them.  Penn Soccer forges relationships within and across generations that continue well after graduation.  These lifelong bonds ensure the continuity within the program.  Even after your Penn soccer playing days are over, you always remain a member of the Penn Soccer FAMILY.

 

Academically, Penn is one of the best universities in the country.  Students are free to explore the curriculum in any of Penn's four schools and are given unparalleled opportunities to pursue their academic interests. From architecture to engineering to philosophy to accounting, the programs at Penn are among the nation’s best.  A degree from Penn would certainly present a world of opportunities for a young man’s future.

 

Finally, location, location, location...have you ever heard the old saying "Location is everything?" Philadelphia is a vibrant and exciting component to the Penn experience.  Our campus is located two miles from the center of Philadelphia, the fifth largest city in the nation.  It boasts the most historic square mile in America, where the United States was conceived, declared, and ratified.  The respective homes of the Eagles, Flyers and Phillies as well as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Academy of Music, are all located nearby.  The educational, cultural and social opportunities are endless in Philadelphia.

 

These are exciting times at Penn and within our soccer program.  If you are someone who is looking for the very best in academics and athletics, Penn is the place for you.

 

Rudy Fuller

Head Coach, Men's Soccer

University of Pennsylvania