Tyler Fidrych

Tyler Fidrych scored eight goals and added 14 assists to help Stonington to a 19-3 record and a berth in the Class M state semifinals last season. He was an All-ECC Division I first-team selection. | Jackie L. Turner, Special to The Sun

1. What are your personal goals for this season and how do you expect to achieve them?

I have been fortunate enough to be named captain for my second year. Personally, I look to take on a senior leadership role on and off the field and help our team win as many games as possible. If you look at some of the best leaders in sports, they not only push themselves but they have a drive to make everyone around them better, and that is what I strive for.

2. What are the team goals for this season and how can they be achieved?

Our team goals are to get better each and every day by working hard and working on the little things that can often make a big difference. Our goal is to play on the last possible day of the season — which means state championship.

3. Who inspires you and why?

I love sports and I love the game. Constantly watching the best inspires me to work hard and improve my skills and abilities. Watching players like Tom Brady and LeBron James — the hours, the discipline and overall work ethic along with the results that come from it inspire me every day.

4. What is your most memorable moment as an athlete?

I have been fortunate enough to play on some great teams with some great coaches and players, but I have to say that the most memorable moment was putting on the brown and white for the first time as a freshman. Most of my family, going back 50-plus years, were all Bears, and to represent them all as a freshman walking on the pitch for the first time was something I will never forget.

5. What has been your greatest challenge?

My size. Going back to my youth football days, people would say I was small but I proved them wrong with my fight and intensity. I bring that same fight and intensity with me every day no matter what sport, and it has proven to be an ally despite being faced with that challenge.

6. What are your plans after graduation and why?

I plan on getting the best college education that I possibly can to better my opportunities for the future. I have been fortunate to have some great role models that have inspired me to do well and continue on with my education. My hope is to find an institution that values my academic abilities and my athletic ability, as I will be playing soccer at the collegiate level.

FAVORITES

Sport: Soccer

Pro athlete: LeBron James

Pro team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Subject/class: Anything to do with history

Movie: "The Shawshank Redemption"

TV show: ESPN's "30 for 30" or "E:60"

Actor: Denzel Washington

Song: "Get Along" by Kenny Chesney

Band/musician: Kenny Chesney

Food: Chicken wings

UP CLOSE

Family: Julie (mom), Big Mike (dad), Lisa (step-mom), Alex Fidrych (sister), Alex Tobiassen (step-bro) and Conrad Tobiassen (step-bro).

Hometown: Stonington.

Hobbies/interests: Athletics, hanging out with friends, music.

If I weren’t involved in athletics I’d: be a fish out of water.

I’d give anything to meet: Kobe Bryant. He's intelligent, hardworking and as an athlete and person he is someone I admire.

COACH'S TAKE

“Tyler is definitely a big-time impact player for us. He obviously has tremendous ability on the field. But he has tremendous intensity where he demands a lot from his teammates. Where we are in our program, he is the heart and soul of our team. If we are going to be successful this year, he has to be the ringleader. He brings a lot to the program on and off field. His GPA is right around 4.0,” Paul deCastro, longtime Stonington boys soccer coach

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