Abington's Touey Commits to Play Soccer at Holy Family

On Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, Abington senior Sean Touey was recognized for committing to continue his soccer career at Holy Family University. To view photos of the event, please click on the following link: https://solsports.zenfolio.com/p50701120

Sean Touey – Holy Family University (Soccer)

Major:  Sports Management/Marketing

Final list of colleges:  Holy Family, Chestnut Hill, Drexel, Hartford

Reasons for choosing Holy Family:  “I ended up choosing Holy Family because I felt a sense of honesty from the coaching staff and the university as a whole that I really didn’t get from anywhere else. I recognized that the team is built around the Northeast Philadelphia area, and the coach told me he definitely values home-grown players, and that’s something that I think is amazing that I’ll get to play with players who have grown up in the same area that I have at such a high level. Especially with soccer, so many schools are just recruiting foreign players or players right out of academies from all over the country. It’s very rare that you’ll get a Division I or II team as high a level as Holy Family is that is almost completely players that went to high school in Northeast Philly or the surrounding area. The coach was talking to me the other day – every single player on our team went to high school somewhere in the Southeastern Pennsylvania area, and every other team in the conference is almost entirely foreign, if not at least half the roster, so it’s something that’s really special.”

What was the progression that led you to competing in soccer at the collegiate level?  “I always knew I wanted to play college soccer at the highest level that I possibly could. Originally, I set my sights on D-I, but as I started to go through the college process, I realized that there were plenty of great Division I and Division II schools that would offer me the same level of competition but at either a more affordable price or that I’d be able to get a lot of time at, and that’s something I definitely considered along the way. The whole reason why I’ve been trying to play at a high level through club and in high school is to try and get me to progress to the next level, and that’s why I’ve worked so hard in training just for moments like these where I can move on to the next level.”

Reflecting on playing high school soccer: “I would trade a full ride to a Division I school for playing high school because it was one of the best times of my life. I think I’ll always remember it. I probably had the opportunity along the way to play academy, but I would never trade that for playing high school. I think every player should definitely play high school soccer. Where else would you find hundreds and hundreds of people at night games to play against a local rival high school? At a club or academy game, you might have 50 people in the stands, and they’re all family members. Even in college, you don’t get the same atmosphere you get at high school games. Watching Abington play growing up – I went to a ton of games when I was in elementary school, and to live out the dream of being so successful was amazing.”

Coach Randy Garber says:  “Sean was one of those players that is very difficult to replace. He’s a goal scorer – 25 goals his sophomore year, 25 goals his junior and 27 his senior year. He just has a knack for scoring goals. He’s one of the few players that I’ve had that was capable of scoring one goal, possibly two, three goals a game. He’s the second leading scorer in Abington’s history. I think he’s going to have a great career at Holy Family and score a lot of goals. He’s just a treat to be associated with on the field as well as off the field. He’s just a phenomenal soccer player and person.”

About Sean:
Favorite food: 
Mexican or Italian food
Favorite TV shows:  South Park &Rick and Morty
Favorite music:  “I pretty much listen to almost everything, but specifically, I grew up listening to rock music, which has always been one of my favorites. Recently, I’ve gotten into a lot of new and old school rap.”