By Matt Pascarella
Windham seniors Wyatt Flibbert and Cole Washburn have both wanted to play collegiate soccer since they started playing soccer at a young age.
They are both all-conference players. Flibbert is an all-state player and Washburn is an SMAA defender.
Windham varsity boys’ soccer coach Ben Schulz said these accolades are just the beginning when it comes to these student athletes.
“Both New England College and Thomas College are getting not just great players, but quality people and student athletes. I’m really excited to see what next year brings,” said Schulz.
Flibbert, who plans to major in early childhood education to become an elementary school teacher, started playing soccer when he was four and said it’s been a lot of hard work along the way.
He’s enjoyed playing and it has created many friendships through the years. He’s also had a lot of support from his friends and family.
Flibbert said it felt good to sign his letter of intent. He wasn’t sure if he would make it and be able to play collegiate soccer. After all the hard work he’s put in, it’s nice to have something to show for it.
His advice to underclassmen who want to sign a letter of intent and play collegiately is to keep working. Flibbert said there is a spot for everyone; work hard, keep your grades up and be a good person – you’ll get there.
He would like to thank his brother and sister who have had a big impact on him. His brother helped him get better at soccer; they even played a couple years together in high school. He would also like to thank his mom and his dad who he said are really proud of him.
Washburn said he chose Thomas College because it was a good fit, both athletically and academically.
Washburn plans to major in entrepreneurship with a minor in digital media. He would like to do something with sports videography and photography.
Washburn began playing soccer when he was three or four. He played recreational soccer for Windham, then club soccer all the way up to varsity.
It has been a lot of hard work to get to this point, a lot of grinding it out over the preseasons in high school and double sessions.
Since it’s been a dream of Washburn’s to play in college, signing his letter of intent really solidified Washburn playing for a good, competitive Division III program.
To underclassmen who want to sit where he sits Washburn said to work hard, never give up and always have a good attitude about playing, even if you’re not starting. A good attitude is important when it comes to thinking about your future athletic endeavors.
He would like to thank Nick, his coach at New England Fitness and Athletics; he’s helped Washburn train and get a lot better. He’d also like to thank Coach Schulz, all his coaches and club coaches, his parents and sister. <