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Zack Schilawski


Wake Forest University



Schilawski currently has a 3.576 cumulative GPA and will graduate from Wake Forest in 3 ½ years with a degree in biology. He was named to the 2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American first team and was the ACC Men’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2008. In 2007, he was an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Team selection. He is a three-time member of the All-ACC Academic Men’s Soccer Team. In addition, he has earned Dean’s List honors five semesters of his academic career and has been named to the ACC Honor Roll three times.


Schilawski is an extremely hard worker.  While he is an academically gifted student, he has not chosen an easy path at Wake Forest.  When he completes his major this fall, he will have completed a degree in biology as well as the pre-med curriculum.  All told Schilawski has taken nine lab courses at WFU (not easy to fit in at the same time as playing soccer and at a school as small as WFU).  Schilawski is an extremely ethical young man who holds himself to high moral standards and holds others to similar standards. Schilawski has not always found himself in the starting lineup during his first three seasons.  However, instead of sulking on the bench, he comes off the bench with good energy and changes the tempo (and quite frequently the score) of the game.  Schilawski could have gone to any other university in the country and been the starting forward for every single game.  Instead, he embraces his role on the Wake Forest team and attacks the game with the same positive attitude he has toward his school work and his teammates.


Schilawski has been involved in numerous community service activities. He has volunteered time for programs such as Santa’s Helper, Ronald McDonald House, the Donate Life Walk and the Organ Donor Walk.


Schilawski has played in all 75 games in his Wake Forest career, including 18 starting assignments. He is 23 games shy of tying the school record for career games played. He has scored 26 goals and added 13 assists during his first three seasons. He ranks eighth in Wake Forest history for career goals scored. Schilawski was named to the NCAA College Cup All-Tournament Team in 2007, after scoring the game-winning goal in the national championship win against Ohio State and assisting on a goal in the national semifinal victory over Virginia Tech. He earned Soccer America Freshman All-America second team honors in 2006 and was named to the ACC All-Freshman team that year.