Boggs Wins 2010 Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup
TAMPA (January, 10, 2010) – Former University of South Florida men’s
soccer standout Zak Boggs has been named the recipient of the 2010 Coach
Wooden Citizenship Cup Award. The award was presented Tuesday night by
the Athletes for a Better World (ABW) at the East Lake Golf Club in
The Wooden Cup is given to a collegiate and a professional athlete who
have made the greatest positive influence in the lives of others. Boggs
was joined at the awards banquet by: Colt McCoy (University of Texas,
football), Brianna O'Donnell (University of North Carolina, field
hockey), Rebecca Poskin (Dartmouth College, soccer) and Melissa
Schnellberg (Harvard University, softball).
“Tonight was just an amazing night,” said Boggs. “Just being mentioned
with the other finalists was a tremendous honor, and to be the recipient
of such a prestigious award from a great organization like Athletes for
a Better World is very humbling. I just have to thank my head coach
George Kiefer, our coaching staff and players, (Assistant Director of
Athletics) Justin Miller and everyone in academics, and people in the
athletics department and across campus that helped me realize my dreams.
I am truly honored.”
“Going to tonight’s awards ceremony was one of the more touching
experiences of my coaching career,” said USF head coach George Kiefer.
“To see the presentations on all the finalists, and to see what they
have done not just on the field, but more importantly off the field for
other people, was wonderful. And to have Zak be the recipient of this
award, I just can’t express how happy I am that he had the opportunity
to be recognized like this.”
Boggs, the lone BIG EAST Conference representative on the finalist list,
has proven to be the epitome of the term student athlete. A senior
forward from Vienna, W.Va., Boggs finished his undergraduate career at
USF early with a degree in Biomedical Sciences in May of 2009, boasting
a perfect 4.0 grade point average (GPA) while earning 136 credit hours.
He is currently working on his graduate degree in Economics and
Boggs has also been recruited to USF's MBA program as the first
exception to a standard two-year work experience requirement. With a
career grade GPA of 4.0, Boggs became the first USF soccer player to be
awarded the prestigious BIG EAST Conference Male Scholar-Athlete of the
year since 2005, doing so at the end of the 2008-09 academic year.
Additionally, he was named to ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American
Team and All-District Team. Boggs was named to the Lowes Senior CLASS
Award All-Senior All America First Team.
Boggs excels not only in the classroom but off the field as well. Highly
active in several community service activities during his free time,
Boggs regularly volunteers his time to assist at programs such as the
John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota Bay, as well as the H.
Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute and the Shriners Hospital
for Children, both located at USF. In addition to his rigorous schedule,
Boggs also finds time to serve as an academic tutor to his fellow
student-athletes at the University of South Florida.
In addition to his high level of competitiveness in the classroom and in
soccer, Boggs also takes part in numerous extracurricular activities to
challenge that competitive spirit. He is a member of the National Eagle
Scout Association, a second degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, the West
Virginia State Marble Shooter Champion, a member of the USA Jump Rope
Association, and a member of Jump Company USA World Class Jump Rope
team. Boggs travels around to several elementary schools where he
informs kids about the benefits of jump roping.
On the field of competition, Boggs has helped guide the Bulls onto the
national soccer stage. Throughout his entire collegiate soccer career
Boggs scored 18 goals and recorded eight assists for a total of 46
points. He also helped USF win its first BIG EAST Championship in 2008.
Boggs, was selected to the 2009 National Soccer Coaches Association of
America (NSCAA) Men's Division I All-Northeast Region First Team. In
addition, he was tabbed an All-BIG EAST Conference third team selection.
Boggs started in all 44 games for the Bulls the past two seasons and was
second on the team in scoring during the 2008 season with 15 points.
This past season, Boggs finished the year sixth on the team in scoring
with nine points (4-1). The Bulls finished the 2009 campaign with a
14-4-3 (6-3-2 BIG EAST) and advanced to the second round of the NCAA
Tournament before losing to national runner-up Akron.
For his efforts, Boggs was recently selected in the second round of the
Major League Soccer SuperDraft by the New England Revolution.
With Peyton Manning, John Smoltz, John Lynch, Andrea Yaeger and Cal
Ripken, Jr. as previous recipients, the Wooden Cup is becoming one of
the most prestigious awards in all of sports. Recipients are considered
role models and athletes of excellence both on and off the field.
Founded by ABW, a non-profit organization committed to changing the
culture of American sports, the Wooden Cup is unique in that it is open
to athletes in all collegiate and professional sports.
The Wooden Cup is named in honor of John Wooden, one of the most
successful coaches in collegiate history. Wooden's legacy as a person of
integrity, high moral character, compassion, and civic-mindedness
continues to make him one of the most admired coaches in the history of
Recipients of the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup are chosen by a committee
chaired by Vincent Dooley, former University of Georgia athletic
director, and other distinguished individuals involved in athletics
across the country.