The Academy Class of 2003 were all members who joined the Academy when they were current college goalkeepers. They were all highly successful goalkeepers, as well as individuals. The three men all played professionally for many years and made appearances for their country's National Team. Erin earned the most success in college, earning All-American honors. She chose a different route after college, becoming a doctor and also joining the U.S. Army where she retired a Major. All the members earned their college diplomas, despite the temptation to leave early for a professional career. They all have had great success in life and in coaching after their playing careers ended.
Class of 2004 Academic Award Winner: Erin Johnson
Class of 2004 Academic Award Runner Up: Nigel Burgess
Undergraduate University: Howard University
Graduate University: Howard University
Nigel joined the Academy in the late 2000s. He is a noteworthy man of many accomplishments. He had an amazing athletic career, earned a stellar education, a valuable community career, and a beautiful family. He currently lives in Bermuda with his family. Nigel grew up in the Hamilton Parish Academy program where he rose to soccer prominence. He earned numerous international appearances with the Bermuda Youth National Team. He turned down an early professional career to play and study at Howard University. Nigel helped lead the Bison to the NCAA Tournament as a four year starter. He earned numerous Conference Player of the Week Awards in his time at Howard. Nigel eventually earned a Master's in Engineering as an honor student. After university, Nigel went on to play professionally for the Bermuda Hogges in the United States United Soccer League and Hamilton Parish in the Bermuda Premier League. Nigel was named Bermuda Goalkeeper of the Year in his time at Hamilton Parish. Nigel went on to become the club's Secretary, a role his father once held. Nigel showed his tremendous athletic ability in that he earned a place on the Bermuda Rugby National team and played in international matches. Nigel lives in Bermuda with his wife and family.
Major Erin Johnson D.P.T (U.S. Army retired)
Undergraduate University: University of Delaware Lynchburg College
Graduate University: University of Maryland School of Medicine
One of the most remarkable people in an Academy full of remarkable people. Erin did it all in the soccer world: Maryland All-State, Baltimore and Washington DC All-Met, four times All-Conference, four times All County for high school. In college Erin really excelled. She earned the starting position at University of Delaware, but decided to transfer to Lynchburg College. She earned first team All-American honors as well as multiple Regional All-American, Virginia Player of the Year, Conference Athlete of the Year, Conference Player of the Year, multiple NCAA Tournament appearances, two times VaSID All-Virginia selection, three times All-Conference, Team MVP and member of the Lynchburg College Hall of Fame! She holds most school goalkeeping records and finished her career with a 0.38 goals against average. After college, Erin went to medical school to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitative Sciences at University of Maryland Medical School. After a year practicing at University Medical Center in Cincinnati, Erin accepted a commission in the United States Army as a Captain where she worked with soldiers rehabbing after combat. She spent time in Savannah and Richmond before settling at the Pentagon and earning the rank of Major.
John O' Hara
Undergraduate University: George Mason University
John is one of the most successful members of the Academy as far as soccer. John grew up in Ireland where he was a member of the Belvedere Boys Football Club and school. John appeared for both the U-15 and U-18 Irish National Teams. John signed as an adult to the famous Irish club Shelbourne United, but after a year spent on the bench, John chose to come to America and play for and attend George Mason University. John was widely regarded as the greatest keeper in Mason's soccer history. He led the team to the NCAA Tournament. His many accomplishments read like a laundry list of excellence: Academic All-American, Regional All-American, All-Conference every year, three times VaSID All-Virginia selection, The College Soccer News Freshmen All-American, Conference Rookie of the Year, 2009 Men's Soccer Hall of Fame Class. After university, John went home to Ireland and was named Goalkeeper of the Year and runner-up Player of the Year for his Sligo Rovers Premier League team. John then came back to the US and played for the Carolina Railhawks and Wilmington Hammerheads, before finishing his career with DC United. After a stellar playing career, John immediately began coaching for his alma mater at George Mason University. John then took a position with the United States Men's National Team as a youth coach. After several years of success at Mason and national team coaching, John settled down to accept the position as the Director of Coaching for Loudon. John is a very busy man besides club coaching, he is the father of three and lives in Ashburn, Virginia with his noble wife Nicole.
Undergraduate University: Howard University
Simply one of the best athletes the Academy has ever had. Jason had an amazing athletic career that was wide and varied. He currently lives in Bermuda with his beautiful family where he coaches. Jason grew up in the North Village Community Club Academy program where he rose to soccer prominence. He earned numerous international appearances with the Bermuda Youth National Team. He turned down an early professional career to play and study at Howard University. Jason helped lead Howard to national prominence as a four year starter. He earned numerous Conference Player of the Week Awards. After university, Jason went on to play professionally for the Bermuda Hogges in the United States United Soccer League along with fellow Academy member Nigel Burgess. Jason earned several Caps playing for Bermuda in World Cup qualifying matches. After his time with the Bermuda Hogges, Jason joined North Village Community Club in the Bermuda Premier League leading them to the Bermuda Premier League Championship. Jason was named Bermuda Goalkeeper of the Year. Jason showed his tremendous athletic ability in that he was a high level cricket player, track athlete, and rugby player, as well as soccer player.