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HIASAA Hall of Fame nominee: Simon Weiss, Sports

A 1990 Highland High School graduate, Simon Weiss was in on the ground floor of Bulldogs soccer.

Soccer is a fall sport at the high school level, but is a full-time sport for most dedicated players. Weiss, who began playing soccer with the Korte Bluefire youth teams, also participated in baseball and basketball. He continued those sports in high school, but also played soccer year-round.

His success with various St. Louis elite teams, the Collinsville Renegades, and in the Prairie States Games, eventually led to a decision to concentrate on soccer.

In the fall of 1986, as a freshman, Weiss moved into the HHS starting lineup after the first few practices and never left. He guided the Bulldogs to a 12-4-3 record in their very first season and a respectable 37-23-4 record during his four years at HHS.

He established the single-season scoring record of 17 goals as a junior. When he graduated, he held the HHS all-timer scoring record of 38 points (21 goals and 17 assists).

Weiss was named to the All-Mississippi Valley Conference team four times. He was named to the All-Sectional squad as both a junior and a senior. He was an selected as All-Area three times for both the Belleville News-Democrat and St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He was on the Chicago Tribune All-State team twice.

In 1990, Weiss was named to the All-Tournament team at the prestigious Nike Great Lakes Classic that hosts the nation’s best high school players.

Weiss was awarded with a full athletic and academic scholarship at Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University). He was named to the All-Missouri Valley Conference team as a sophomore. But something was missing.

Weiss had always envisioned himself playing for perennial NCAA powerhouse North Carolina State University. So, he gave up his scholarship at Southwest Missouri State and walked on at the nation’s No. 1-ranked school.

Weiss started in 33 of the 37 games he’d play for the Wolfpack. He led the team in assists as a junior as the team went 13-3-4, including reaching the NCAA semifinals.

He graduated in 1994 as magna cum laude with a degree in chemistry.

But Weiss wasn’t done with soccer just yet. Over the next several years, he played professionally in France, Sweden and England. He also played for the Raleigh Flyers, Jacksonville Cyclones, St. Louis Ambush, Kansas Attack and the San Francisco Seals.

It was in San Francisco, in 2001, that Weiss’s life changed. A former N.C. State teammate was co-owner of the Mountain View Los Altos Soccer Club, which trains elite players from ages 8-18. The owner, a former USA women’s soccer coach, asked Weiss if he’d like to coach. Somewhat reluctantly, he accepted. The rest, as they say, is history.

Fourteen years later, with dozen of teams coached and many other players personally trained, his success can be witnessed by more than 15 players receiving soccer scholarship offers from many universities including Stanford, UCLA, UC-Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, St. Mary’s, Harvard, NYU, Colorado State, Occidental and Tufts.

Weiss’s soccer credentials include “A” (adult) and “Y” (youth) licenses the United States Soccer Federation and a Premier Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).