Category Archives: Alumni

Kyle Martino ’99 Joins NBC’s EPL Broadcast Crew

Kyle Martino ’99 will play a key role when NBC Sports begins televising all Premier League matches.

Kyle Martino

Kyle Martino

The former US national team midfielder (and Gatorade National Player of the Year for Staples) will be part of the pre- and post-match shows, broadcast from NBC’s state-of-the-art broadcast center in Stamford.

In the 1st 3 weeks — beginning Saturday, August 17 (7 a.m., Liverpool-Stoke City) –NBC Sports Group will televise 17 Premier League matches. All Premier League games will be livestreamed on NBC Sports Live Extra. An interactive game finder at will enable fans to find those games on TV, online and on mobile devices.

Two other local connections: Mike Carey ’01 will work on the production end of the show, while lead analyst Arlo White is a Westport resident.

Obituary: Howard Udell P’88

Howard Udell P’88 died on Friday, August 2, surrounded by his family. He had suffered a stroke the day before. He was 72 years old.

Howard Udell

Howard Udell

A quiet but avid supporter of his son Andy Udell’s Staples, WSA Warriors and Lehigh University teams, Howard was born in Brooklyn. He graduated from Hunter College and NYU School of Law.

In 1979, after 15 years in private practice, he assumed the role of general counsel to the pharmaceutical company now known as Purdue Pharma, where he remained for 30 years.

Trusted and wise as a counselor and friend, he was known for his character, integrity, sagacity and sense of humor. He served on the board of Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University for over 25 years.

In 2009, Howard co-founded the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center, which provides free legal services to hundreds of veterans each year. At the time of his death he served on its board, and regularly counseled veterans. Donations can be made to CVLC in his name.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Judith; his sons Andrew and Jeffrey, and their wives Sheryl and Lucy, and his grandchildren Nina, Max, Adam, Micaela, Alec and Daniela.

The family will be sitting shiva at 24 Old Hill Road today (Tuesday, August 6), from 2-5 p.m., and from 7 p.m. on (with a minyan at 7:30 p.m.), and Friday, August 9, from 2-5 p.m.

Mike Carey ’01 Joins NBC Sports

Mike Carey ’01 — a key member of the 2000 FCIAC championship team — is joining NBC Sports as a researcher. He’ll move from Philadelphia — where he worked for a law firm — to NBC Sports’ brand-new facility in Stamford next month.

Mike Carey '01

Mike Carey ’01

Mike’s primary responsibility will be NBC’s coverage of the English Premier League, which begins airing August 17. He will directly support of NBC’s in-studio talent during pre-game, halftime and post-game shows. On live telecasts, he will fact-check and conduct research.

Mike will also contribute content and analysis for the many shows surrounding NBC’s ambitious coverage of the EPL.

At NBC Sports, Mike will be a colleague of Kyle Martino ’99. Kyle  is the lead analyst for MLS and U.S. soccer, and a Premier League studio analyst.

Also at NBC Sports: Jeff Clachko, vice president, universal sports sales and marketing. Jeff lives in Westport, and is an avid Staples soccer fan.

Staples soccer welcomes Mike back to this area, and hopes he can slip at least a few Staples soccer factoids into upcoming EPL telecasts.

Lorenz Esposito Offers Personal Soccer Training

Lorenz Esposito is available for individualized soccer training.

Lorenz Esposito (Photo by Carl McNair)

Lorenz Esposito (Photo by Carl McNair)

The University of Connecticut-bound player — whose soccer resume includes 2 years in the Staples program, as well as 4 years with FC Westchester and 2 years with South Central —  will work on speed, endurance, agility, footwork, trapping, passing, juggling, shooting, weak foot, stregnth, and tactical awareness.

For more information, call 203-505-5309, or email

To view his soccer resume, click here.

James Hickok ’13 Competes In Super-20 National Championship

By winning a pair of games last weekend — 9-2 and 6-1 — Beachside’s team qualified for the Super-20 National Championships. James Hickok ’13 is a goalkeeper on the squad, which travels to the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida for the tournament (July 18-21).

All games will be livestreamed. For details, click here.

James Hickok heads to the U-20 national championship this weekend.

Goalkeeper James Hickok heads to the U-20 national championship this weekend.

Giving Thanks To The Hirten Helpers

Matt Lamb ’07 and Dave Sharpe ’07 — organizers of this year’s Preston Hirten Weekend — send along this message:

We would like to recognize some people who helped make the past weekend so successful.

First, thank you to everyone who participated in the tournament, and to all of those who came out to watch and cheer the players on. It was awesome to see so many people join us in celebrating Preston and the sport he loved.

We would also like to thank Nestle for providing cases of bottled water for all tournament participants, and Bobby Q’s for helping out with food for the BBQ at the beach.

A giant “thank you” to those individuals without whom Matt and I would never have been able to get this going: Mike Sharpe, Amy Lamb, MaryAnn Meyer, Dave and Laurie Gendell, Dan Woog and Stuart McCarthy.

We also want to thank the Hirtens. Not only for all of their help in getting the entire weekend planned and resourced, but also for helping us all stay connected to them, each other, and, Preston.

There were so many behind-the-scenes efforts from so many people that I’m sure we missed someone who we may not even know gave a hand, but truly, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. This event means more to us than we could ever say, and it’s only possible because of all the help and support we have received from all of you.

Dave Sharpe '07 (left) and Matt Lamb '07.

Dave Sharpe ’07 (left) and Matt Lamb ’07.


Wreckers Look Sharp In Preston Hirten Tourney

The Staples-based team ran up a 2-1-1 record against stiff competition in today’s 4th annual Preston Hirten 7-v-7 Tournament.

The event — held under a broiling sun at Wakeman Park — brought together a record 11 teams. All played in honor of Preston Hirten ’07, the former Staples star who died in 2009 during pre-season training at the University of Mary Washington.

Players came from across the country. Two teams represented UMW. There were also players from Preston’s 2006 Staples squad, his club teams, and his family. The youngest player — Patrick Donovan — is the son of Dan Donovan ’82.

The Staples squad — Foster Goldberg, Kenji Goto, Charlie Leonard, Jordan McNair, Gabe Pensak, Andrew Puchala, Michael Reid, Noah Schwaeber and Jack Scott — opened with a 0-0 draw. They topped the Staples ’06 team 3-1, thrashed a Fairfield Ludlowe-based side 6-1, then fell 1-0 to eventual tournament champion UMW 1-0. Guest keeper Adam Liu ’09 stymied Staples with a great save at the end of that match. Had the high schoolers drawn, they would have advanced to the semis.

The tournament — and other weekend events — were made possible by the hard work of Matt Lamb ’07 and Dave Sharpe ’07; the Hirten, Gendell, Lamb and Sharpe families; Stuart McCarthy and Westport Parks & Rec, and many others. The tournament also included a used soccer gear drive for Goals4Ghana — an organization Preston worked with and loved.

The 11 teams in the 2013 Preston Hirten Tournament.

The 11 teams in the 2013 Preston Hirten Tournament.

Help Celebrate Preston Hirten’s Africa Work — Donate Soccer Gear At 7-v-7 Tournament

The 4th annual Preston Hirten Weekend will once again feature a 7-v-7 tournament; cookouts and other social events, and a great chance for Preston’s former teammates from Staples, the University of Mary Washington and club soccer to get together with friends and family members to celebrate his life.

This year’s Preston Hirten Weekend includes something new: a soccer equipment drive.

Organizer Matt Lamb ’07 invites all players, parents and spectators to bring new or used soccer balls, shoes, shin guards, socks, shorts, jerseys, etc., to the 7-v-7 tourney on Saturday, July 6 (11 a.m., Wakeman B).

Donations will be split between Goals 4 Ghana — the program Preston volunteered for during his trip to Africa in 2009, a few months before he died during pre-season training at UMW — and Atuabo, an African village where Taylor Parker, a college friend of Preston’s, has served with the Peace Corps for the past 2 years.

Soccer was a vital part of Preston’s life. The Preston Hirten Weekend has become a cherished Westport tradition. Thanks to Matt and Preston’s many friends, his legacy continues to help soccer players halfway around the world.

(Questions? Interested in fielding a team at the tournament? Contact

Preston's teammates and friends relax after the 2012 tournament.

Preston’s teammates and friends relax after the 2012 tournament.

Jack Scott Wins 5K Octathlon, 8th Overall Out Of 1,355; Wrecker Runners Raise $$ For Hole In Wall Gang

Jack Scott blazed to a 17:49 finish — a 5:45 pace — to take 8th place out of 1,355 runners in today’s Stratton Faxon 5K in Fairfield.

Jack was the 1st Westport runner overall, and the highest finisher for the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp team — which included 6 other Staples soccer players.

That gave Jack the win in this month’s Octathlon of Champions event. It also vaulted him into 1st place overall, with 64 points. Foster Goldberg — who came in 114th in the 5K (22:50) — trials Jack by just 3 points (61). Two Octo events remain.

Yousef Shahini (51st, 20:37) and Diego Alanis (53rd, 20:37) rounded out Staples top 3 in the 5K, which began and ended at Jennings Beach. Also showing strongly were Noah Schwaeber (79th, 22:02), Sebo Hood (128th, 23:09) and Sterling Price (148th, 23:31).

The 5K drew entrants from 32 states and 10 countries. The Wrecker soccer players were part of the Team Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, raising funds for the very worthy camp that provides exceptional experiences for children with cancer.

Two other runners had Staples soccer connections. Charlie Stoebe — tri-captain of the 2003 team and a former Dartmouth College track star who now works for NBC Sports — placed 85th (22:01). Wayne Schwaeber — father of sophomore keeper Noah Schwaeber, and the assistant soccer coach at Fairfield Ludlowe High School — finished 414th (27:13).

“It was a great showing, by a group of very committed young men,” said Staples head coach Dan Woog. “And when it was over, some of them went off to play matches for their club teams. They’re setting a strong standard as we start getting ready for the fall season.”

2003 tri-captain Charlie Stoebe stands with his successors 10 years later: 2013 co-captains Jack Scott (left) and Diego Alanis.

2003 tri-captain Charlie Stoebe stands with his successors 10 years later: 2013 co-captains Jack Scott (left) and Diego Alanis.

Goalkeeper Noah Schwaeber and his father Wayne.

Goalkeeper Noah Schwaeber and his father Wayne — a former player.

Standing tall after the 5K (from left): Diego Alanis, Yousef Shahin, Foster Goldberg, Noah Schwaeber, Sterling Price, Jack Scott, Sebo Hood.

Standing tall after the 5K (from left): Diego Alanis, Yousef Shahin, Foster Goldberg, Noah Schwaeber, Sterling Price, Jack Scott, Sebo Hood.

Nicky Hoberman ’07 Finishes Strongly At CrossFit Regionals

Nicky Hoberman ’07 practices what he preaches. And practice makes almost perfect.

Nicky Hoberman, hard at work at the CrossFit regionals.

Nicky Hoberman, hard at work at the CrossFit regionals.

Nicky — who served as Staples soccer’s strength and conditioning coach last fall, and also works at CrossFit — was one of 48 athletes who qualified for this year’s CrossFit Northeast regional competition. Over 100,000 athletes tried out nationally, during a 5-week process.

There were 7 workouts at the regional event. Nicky had 2 Top 10 finishes, and placed 24th overall.

While only the top 3 in each region advance to the national games (televised on ESPN), Staples soccer is very proud of our very fit Nicky.