|September 20, 2012||Filled under Covering the Field, Sports||
Kidder Spillane is a fierce competitor. Champlain Valley Union (CVU) head boys soccer coach TJ Mead describes his senior forward in this way. “Kidder possesses the unique ability to connect with all of his teammates. He keeps things light at practice and we all have a good time when he’s around. That being said, there is no more intense player on the squad once it is time to practice or play. His play could be described as ‘workman-like’ in that Kidder does a lot of the jobs on the field that aren’t traditionally recognized, but are vital to success.”
Born on June 20, 1995 Spillane and his family lived briefly in South Burlington before moving to Shelburne when he was in first grade. His family includes parents Shelley and Chip, older brother Tucker, age 21, older sister Summer, age 19, and two dogs Finley and Windsor.
“I have played soccer my whole life,” Spillane offered. “I started playing for the Shelburne Rec League when I was six,” he recalled. “That was my first organized soccer experience.” A few years later Spillane began playing year-round for Synergy Football Club (Synergy FC) and coach Hugh Brown.
Synergy FC, known for its premier player development, allowed Spillane the opportunity to hone his skills on pitches all over Vermont, the region, and the country. Coach Hugh, Spillane’s club coach of six years commented, “Kidder is a hard worker, he’s competitive, and he never backs down. He goes all out all the time on the field. Plus his attitude is contagious and he has tremendous heart.”
This talented athlete has a game day ritual that he shares. “I’m not superstitious but before every match I have to eat a plain bagel with plain cream cheese for breakfast.” Not that the team’s success has anything to do with Spillane’s ritual. It’s more likely that Spillane’s dedication to the sport, along with his skilled teammates, has the Redhawks off to a strong start. After only three games the team is 2-0-1.
In answer to a question Spillane reminisces about his proudest moment. “My greatest achievement was scoring all 8 goals in an 8-1 win for Synergy FC, my club team,” he commented. “It was a big game for us and I was on fire,” he said proudly.
In addition to being a 2-year varsity soccer player and a 2-year varsity alpine ski racer, Spillane participates in the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). Last year Spillane held the state office of reporter/webmaster and this year he was voted state vice president of the FBLA, an organization he has been involved with throughout high school.
As for next year this CVU senior has already decided what he will do. Calling the college application process “nerve-wracking” Spillane will apply early decision to a select New England college where he can play soccer, pursue his interest in business, and ski. His completed application must be submitted before Nov. 20. An early decision acceptance is important because it will likely secure a roster spot on the soccer team. Spillane’s appears to be a fait accompli, an accomplished fact. After all, he has been preparing for this opportunity his whole life.