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Cameron Omsberg

School

Lehigh

Position
Defender
Major
Journalism

Classroom

Omsberg has impressed in the classroom, owning a 3.28 GPA as a Journalism major with a History minor. A member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll each year, Omsberg was also part of the NSCAA Academic Honor Roll. He’s helped the Lehigh men’s soccer program garner the Academic Team Award each of his first three years as well. Omsberg has earned the Faculty Athletics Council Academic Award since freshman year. He’s also studied abroad in Costa Rica.

Character

Omsberg has shown extensive leadership experience as a two-time team captain beginning junior year. Also a captain of the Portland Phoenix Under-20 Team in 2010 and ‘11, Omsberg was Assistant Editor of the Brown and White student newspaper. Omsberg is part of Lehigh’s Leadership Legacies Program where he participates in biweekly workshops to become a more effective team leader. Through the program, he studies conflict resolution, communication and group dynamics to help develop leadership qualities. It’s a select program, as Omsberg was chosen by coaches (as both a junior and senior). This came after he took part in “Emerging Leaders” as a sophomore, a voluntary program and prerequisite for selection to Leadership Legacies.

Community

Omsberg has taken an active role in the Lehigh community… and beyond. Since freshman year, Omsberg has participated in “Reading Rocks” through the C.O.A.C.H. program (Community Outreach by Athletes who Care about Helping). Through “Reading Rocks,” Lehigh student-athletes go to nearby Donegan Elementary School to read, play games and forge friendships. The program also helps middle and high school student-athletes and their peers make informed choices regarding their education, drug and alcohol issues, and other factors that may affect reaching their full potential. Lehigh student-athletes act as “coaches” for local school students by making presentations to students and student-athletes and offering educational-themed sports clinics, group outings to Lehigh athletic events and facilities and other special projects. Omsberg is a 2012 Lehigh student-athlete mentor, while he represents men’s soccer on Lehigh’s Student-Athlete Council. Omsberg participated in Church Mission trips to Honduras in the winter of 2005-06 and 2008-09. They were two-week mission trips: building a school, church and playground, teaching English to local children and giving medical clinics. Omsberg was a youth leader of the 2008-09 trip. Omsberg took part in the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter Lunch Program (Waterville, Maine) as well.

Competition

Omsberg has enjoyed tremendous success since stepping foot on campus. Last season, Omsberg was named Second Team All-Patriot League while garnering All-Patriot League Tournament honors. He helped lead one of the nation’s strongest defenses; the Mountain Hawks finished third in the nation in team goals against average (0.41) and third in shutout percentage (11 shutouts in 18 games). The team posted five straight shutouts bridging most of September and the beginning of October, a streak which exceeded 500 minutes. Omsberg and the defense shined in a historic trip to California when Lehigh tied #22 California (1-1) before beating Stanford (1-0). Omsberg also chipped in with a goal and assist in 2011. The goal came at a crucial time, vs. Ivy League power Penn, to tie the score in the 80th minute. He also added an assist against Army. Omsberg was the 2010 winner of Lehigh Men’s Soccer’s Coaches Award, presented to the student-athlete who made noteworthy contributions to the team in areas of attitude, improvement and leadership, excellent teamwork and commitment. The Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 25, 2010, Omsberg has led Lehigh to second-place finishes in 2009 and ’10 while finishing third in 2011 and advancing to the Patriot League Tournament each of his first three seasons.