MEDFORD, Mass. – Seniors Conor Coleman and Matt Zinner of Tufts University men's soccer have been named to the 2017 United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America teams. Coleman was a First Team selection, while Zinner is on the Third Team.
In order to be eligible to receive this honor, students must maintain a 3.30 grade point average or better throughout their career, have started more than 50 percent of all games and significantly contributed to their team, be nominated by their head coach, and be a junior or above in academic standing.
Coleman is one of 12 student-athletes in the country selected to the First Team and is one of only three on the team from the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). Across all three teams, only six student-athletes were selected from NESCAC. Coleman and Zinner give Tufts two of those six which is tied with Trinity for the most in the conference with Bates and Williams both receiving one each.
Both Jumbos are no strangers to awards this season. Coleman has been named a NESCAC Player of the Week, to the All-NESCAC First Team, the NESCAC Player of the Year, to the All-New England Region team, and the All-American team. Zinner has earned All-New England honors as well.
Coleman and Zinner were both major parts of a defense that only allowed two goals all year and recorded 19 shutouts. Coleman tallied two goals and two assists on the season and successfully scored on penalty kicks in both NCAA tournament games where the Jumbos went to shootouts. Zinner had two assists on the year and also created countless other opportunities for the offense.
In the classroom, Coleman has been on the Dean's List every semester to date. He is majoring in International Relations with a concentration in International Finance and is minoring in Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies and Philosophy. This past summer, he was an Investment Banking Summer Analyst for Jefferies LLC in New York City. There he gained experience working on deals for restructuring, leverage finance, M&A, and industrials groups. Since 2015, Coleman has worked as a certified personal trainer at Tufts, assisting students, faculty, and other gym members.
As for Zinner, he is majoring in History and Pre-Medicine. He participates in the Student/Faculty Committee on Student Life as well as works as a Tufts Athletic Department Tour Guide. Last summer, Zinner worked as a research intern at Up2Us Sports in the Washington D.C. Metro Area. There he helped to conduct and update community health research, led a quantitative analysis of internal company data, published articles for the company blog, and gained experience with the best practices for sports-based youth development.
Along with Emily Bowers of Tufts University women's soccer, a total of three Jumbo soccer players have been named to the United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-American teams.
Written by Curtis Stoychoff, Athletic Communications Intern