John D. McCully '85, Men's Soccer
l three-time All-American and All-New England selection, John McCully was theheart and soul of the Keene State Soccer tcarnduring the early 80s. The Orleans, Mass., native completed his four-year career as the College's third leading all-time scorer, pi ay ing for a KSC team that was making a successful transition from NA1A to NCAA Division II status.
As a freshman, McCully tallied 8 goals and 20 points, setting the stage for what would be the start of a memorable career at KSC. McCully had a sensational sophomore campaign, earning the first of three All-American and All-New England honors while leading the Owls to a 20-2-5 record and an appearance in the NAIA final four.
After a disappointing junior season, which saw Keene State post a 7-9-3 mark, McCully and his Owl teammates regrouped in a big way his senior season. He helped usher the Owls into NCAA competition with 7 goals and 17 points as KSC shot their way to a 14-3-3 mark and a trip to the NCAA Division II Northeast Tournament. He would cap his collegiate career by being invited to play in the New England Collegiate All-Star game.
According to long-time KSC Soccer Coach Ron Butcher, John McCully's contribution to the Owl Soccer program can best be measured by the way he approached and played the game.
"John was a hard working individual who always gave 110 percent in every minute of every game", Butcher said. "He was a true target player who was able to hold onto the ball without giving it up. John McCully played tenacious defense and he was a bull around the net. He was a complete team player."
"When you explained the game plan to him, he always carried it out," Butcher added. "Those players are hard to find today. He was one of those rare players that if you had two of them every year, your program would never suffer."
After graduation McCully would go on to play in the well respected LASA semi-professional League. He quickly established himself as one of the league's top performers, earning All-Star recognition six times, and scoring theonly goal against the Russian National team in 1989.
John McCully is presently the Athletic Director at the Norseman Athletic Club in North Eastham. He is also thy Junior Varsity Coach at Nauset Regional High School where he had a standout scholastic career.