Staples Soccer Community Mourns Death Of Preston Hirten ’07

Preston HirtenThe Staples soccer community was stunned by this afternoon’s death of Preston Hirten ’07.

The hard-working, ultra-competitive midfielder — one of the sparkplugs of the 2006 FCIAC championship, state finalist team — collapsed during a training session at the University of Mary Washington.  CPR was immediately administered, but efforts to revive him failed.  Further details were not available this evening.

“Preston epitomized Staples soccer,” said head coach Dan Woog.  “Anyone who watched him play — who saw his combination of speed, skill, and above all determination — knew he loved the game, and loved being on the field with his friends.

“That team has been through so much,” Woog said, referring to the deaths of several fathers during and immediately following the season.  “Tragedy united them, and made them stronger.  They set a standard of soccer, competitiveness, camaraderie and humanity that is their legacy.

“This is the cruelest blow of all — and the most difficult test for them.  I know the Staples soccer community will rally around them — and around Preston’s parents and his sisters — now, and in the days, weeks and months to come.”

StaplesSoccer.com will update information as it becomes available.

30 responses to “Staples Soccer Community Mourns Death Of Preston Hirten ’07

  1. Dear Marc and Lisa, Ella and Justine,

    words cannot express how we feel at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and our thoughts also go out to Preston’s Staples teammates that as we only to well know are his best buddies.

    The Sharpe Family

  2. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Hirten family.

  3. This is such a heartbreaking tragedy. Preston was such a wonderful role model for current staples soccer players, especially those who were privileged to be able to be his teammates this summer .my heart and prayers go out to the Hirten family.

  4. Such a tragedy. Preston was a wonderful young man. He excelled on the field as well as off the field. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Hirten family. We will all miss him very much.

    The Hoberman Family

  5. Manny Rodriguez

    What an unbelievable loss. Preston always had a smile on his face. A very gracious young man, and one heck of a soccer player. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Marc,Lisa, Ella and Justine as well as the rest of his soccer brothers.

    The Rodriguez Family

  6. A tragic loss. He was an exceptional young man. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hirten family.

    The Robson Family

  7. Valerie Wolgast

    Preston gave it his all on the soccer field, sheer determination is almost an understatement. He had a huge heart that he unashamedly shared with his teammates. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Hirten family and the soccer community.

    The Wolgast Family

  8. We are so stunned and deeply saddened by this tragic news. What a great kid you raised. We will never forget the joy of watching him cover a field in seconds with strength and determination unlike any player we’ve seen. We will truly miss him.
    The Bachman Family

  9. Richard Ramos and the Ramos Family

    Our hearts and Prayers are with your entire family always. These are the hardest times that test our faith in God to understand the things that come in life . Fear not, your pain shall grow into peace for Preston. For he will always be with you and all who know him.
    The Ramos Family.

  10. Marian Oost-Lievense

    Dear Hirten family,
    There are no words to expres the sorrow you are feeling at the loss of such a wonderful, caring, talented and inspiring young man. He was a wonderful player, and a great friend to his teammates. He was part of a special group of young men, who overcame so much adversity and managed to achieve such success. Preston was a gift to Staples soccer, as well, Iam sure, to all who knew him. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Marian and Russell Oost-Lievense

  11. Christina Stuttard

    There are no words to express how sad we are .The few times I met Preston I always was so touched by his kind, open personality,such a talented young boy who will be sorely missed.
    My heart goes out to your family.
    The Stuttards

  12. My deepest condolences to the Hirten family in their and our loss.
    Igor Pikayzen

  13. I never really got to know Preston until my senior year of high school and in the short time I did know him, he was an excellent athelete, student and human being. When i just found out about this tragedy, it hit close to home because not only was this a member of my graduating class, but it was someone whom I knew, took classes with and had a lot of respect for. Preston will be deeply missed not only by the Staples Soccer community but the enitre Staples community as well. My condolonces go out to the Hirten family as well as his friends, family and teammates. It was a pleasure to have known such a great person and may he rest in peace.

  14. PS- I compiled an album of photos that I had taken 2 years ago during senior year on my facebook account. if anyone cares to view them, the link is below. most of them are from soccer with a few from our spanish class.

    http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2035637&id=1088160263&l=952611035a

  15. i ran into him one time, and he was so nice and cool to me. i was a underclassmen, so i was intimidated since he was way older, and i thought he wouldn’t give me the time of day, but he flashed a benign smile and spent some time talking to me. i will pray for him tonight. he was a great player and even better guy.

  16. The Wolf Family

    Heartbreaking tragedy. I cannot imagine your pain. Thinking of all of you. Leslie Wolf

  17. Although devistated, as all of us are, Preston’s family needs to know how proud Preston has made players everywhere. They need to be aware of how Preston has touched so many people during his time with us, and how proud they as parents, and his siblings should be to have brought up such a gifted individual. I, myself, am proud and feel privelidged to have ever know him. Whether it was against him or wearing the same jersey, what he brought to the game, is respectable, admirable, and will forever be cherished. He carried with him qualities that any player, any person, anywhere, can respect and value and can learn from. His legacy will live on, as his strength and passion for playing could never be broken. Often times we hear coaches tell us to “play every game like its our last, leave everything out on the field, and hold nothing back.” This is Preston, that was what he epitomized. He has instilled in me, and I know in others, qualities that will make me into a better player, and a better man. As Coach Woog stated, he was the epitome of Staples Soccer, that couldnt be more true, but to add to that, from a perspective of a non-Staples player, he was the epitome of all soccer programs, what every program should be built around. A great joy to play with and a joy to be friends with.

    Mike Fraioli
    Norwalk High School 07′

  18. We all know that Preston left us much too soon. A remarkable young man who embraced his “brothers” (team mates) with such joy and true friendship. He was no doubt an incredible soccer player and his performance never disappointed the fans.
    This is such a sad time for the Hirten Family. We send you our deepest sympathies and hope you find strength and comfort from all of us that also feel your loss.
    MaryAnn and Eric Meyer (Staples ’07)

  19. To The Hirten Family,
    There are so few words that can help your family get through these next few days and weeks as you go through the motions of life. Your son will always be remembered as a courageous, competitive and determined young man. The shock, hurt, and pain will ebb and flow. All I can think to say is surround yourselves with memories of the best of him to help you get through the days. Our deepest sympathy on your tragic loss.
    Kathy, Bob and Taylor Stuart

  20. We have been reeling from the shock of this very tragic news all day. Our prayers and thoughts are with Preston’s family – this is a loss that must be amongst the most difficult to bear – the loss of such a fine, talented, strong young person in their prime – with so much potential, so much ahead of them… As a mother, I can barely comprehend the Hirten family’s loss. I can only say that as a parent on the sidelines at those exciting soccer games, we were filled with admiration at Preston’s skill, vigor, strength and competitiveness.
    May God bless Preston and his family and give them strength at this very difficult time.
    Sulu and Gary Grant and Sean

  21. Lynn Flaster Paul

    What a shocking and tragic loss for all. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family now and always.

    The Flaster/Paul/Alvord Family
    Westport

  22. I’m still in shock and filled with intense sadness. I cannot imagine the grief that the family must be experiencing but I hope they know that everyone will have them in their thoughts and prayers. I know we will. I think of all the times I watched Preston play and was in constant awe of his talent. More importantly, I was impressed by his sweet manners, smile and modesty. He’s up there with Greg Lamb and the other soccer dads and rooting on his team and teammates that he loved so much.

  23. Martin Clevenger

    God has asked for and received another Angel to his flock to help with his cause. Although painful to the family, it is a blessing to God and Jesus.

    Dear Lord,

    Please bless this family in this time of mourning and guide them with strength as we celebrate Preston’s journey.

    Amen

  24. I was there at the soccer field when all this happened so even though I have never met Preston I saw in the eyes of all his friends new and old, how much they cared. My son Nick has gotten to know Preston and Preston’s dear friend Matt Lamb. In their brief time Nick knew Preston, there was this building of a strong bond. Since this has happened Nick has gotten to know Preston’s family and I must say that they are very good and caring people in the concern they have shown Nick to help him deal with a loss of a friend. I am forever grateful to them and wish we had met under different circumstances.

    My only memory of Preston was listening to the first story my son told me on his first day playing soccer with the UMW soccer team last week. You see Nick prides himself in being the person who is left standing if two players collide fighting for procession of the ball, you see he is a defender. Well on this day Preston made a move around another player and did not see Nick and flat out leveled him. Instead of continuing down the field on his break away he stopped to see if Nick was alright and said he was sorry for hitting him so hard. Nick’s response was no it is your job to hit me and my job to get used to being hit by a good college player. Nick told me he though Preston was such a nice guy for doing that. This is the same thing I see in his family who seem to care more for others who are in pain and suffering then they do for themselves.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Preston as well has his entire family and friends in the Staples Soccer Community

    Rick Reemtsen
    UMW soccer parent

  25. Lisa, Mark, Justine and Ella,
    I am so sorry for all of you. You are a wonderful family and my thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you go through this difficult time.
    Mary Beth, Stephan and family

  26. The Masons - Clair Charlie Freddie and Louis

    Lisa, Mark, Justine and Ella
    Preston was so great with Louis and Freddie this summer, and last summer. They couldn’t have asked for a more fun “sitter” to be responsible for them, making doorstep sandwiches and driving them to tennis camp during July.
    They will always remember him for playing lots of sports and taking such good care of them. We are thinking of you all the time and send you all our love.

  27. Laleh and Seif Saghri

    Dear Hirten family,
    We are so stunned and deeply saddened by this news. Please accept our deepest sympathies for your tragic loss. All of our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. With love, Laleh and Seif Saghri

  28. Such a terrible tragedy. I have always enjoyed playing with as well as against him. Never could say I have ever played with someone who worked as hard as he did for the full 90 minutes. I send my condolences to the Hirten family.

    Rob

  29. Eliot Schickler

    I’m so saddened by this tragedy and my heart goes out to the Hirten family. Preston was a great kid and I enjoyed interviewing him immensely during the 2006 season.

  30. Michael De Catur and Nick Goldschmidt

    We are so saddened by this tragedy. It is the worst news that parents could receive. Please accept our deepest sympathies and all of our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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