On Wednesday, February 5th, senior Luke Whelan signed a letter of intent committing himself to play soccer for Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, North Carolina. The long-time goalkeeper formally began his soccer career in 5th grade, when he joined his friends on Holy Spirit Preparatory School’s Little Cougar soccer team. Luke volunteered to be goalkeeper, as his father, Kevin Whelan, put it, “not knowing what it was.” Luke, though, immediately demonstrated natural talent for the position, and went on to be HSP’s goalkeeper, and the first-ranked goalkeeper in the North Atlanta Soccer Association. Among his accolades, in 2012, Luke was awarded the national Save of the Year Award by US Youth Soccer, the largest governing body of elite soccer teams in the country.
Luke has played varsity goalkeeper for Holy Spirit Prep since eighth grade. He also is the place kicker and punter for the Holy Spirit Prep football team. At his signing, Luke thanked his parents for their support and investment in his soccer career, and his coaches, Clayton Schmitt, Dan Pietro, and David Rosenzweig, for pushing him to be the best possible athlete he could be.
In addition to his soccer career, Luke is also president of House Trent, which, under his leadership, has steadily kept well ahead of other Houses in House Points since the start of the school year.
Luke is one of a number of HSP athletes who have gone on to play college soccer, and among several to play college athletics at the Abbey.
IMG 2501a: Luke Whelan (seated) with family (l-r), Mom Cindy Whelan, brother Conner Whelan, father Kevin Whelan, sister Ellie Whelan, and sister Tessa.
IMG 2503a: Luke Whelan (seated) with coaches (l-r) Clayton Schmitt, Dan Pietro, and David Rosenzweig