Ty Seager Named Gatorade Illinois Boys Soccer Player of the Year
A City of West Chicago Proclamation, read by Mayor Ruben Pineda at last week’s City Council meeting, honored Wheaton Academy senior Ty Seager. The student/athlete was recognized for being named Gatorade Illinois Boys Soccer Player of the Year.
For 30 years, Gatorade, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, has honored top high school athletes across the county and this was the first time an athlete from Wheaton Academy was chosen. The award is presented to athletes who not only excel in their sport, but who also achieve at high levels academically and who demonstrate exemplary character on and off the field. According to a press release provided by Wheaton Academy, Varsity Boy’s Soccer Coach Jeff Brooks noted Seager’s outstanding dedication to the sport and the team which earned him the distinction this prestigious award represents. “He (Seager) is a player who constantly seeks to get better for the sake of the team. He has remarkable athletic ability, work ethic, charisma, and passion to perform at a level that drives others in the process.”
Seager led the Wheaton Warriors to a 25-1-1 record and the Class 2A state title this past season. He scored 39 goals and passed for 15 assists, including 11 goals and five assists in Wheaton Academy’s seven-game postseason run to the championship. He was also the 2014 Chicago Sun-Times Player of the Year, and wrapped up his junior year with 74 goals and 29 assists in his prep soccer career.
Off the field, Seager’s academic accomplishments are also noteworthy. He maintains a 3.42 GPA in the classroom. He is a member of the J. Kyle Braid Leadership Program for youth empowerment and has participated in a service-mission trip to Brazil in association with his church. Wheaton Academy’s Athletic Director Dave Underwood was quoted as saying, “Ty Seager is a rare talent. He is the perfect blend of phenomenal athleticism, adroit technical ability, and a tireless work ethic. But on top of that, he is an outstanding young man. He is kind, humble, and treats others with respect”.
Joining Seager at the City Council meeting were his parents Jymette and Randy Seager, and Wheaton Academy Head of School Dr. Gene Frost.
Seager is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year which will be announced in May.