The Class of 2004 was the first Academy class to have members that started in high school and were trained and then placed for college. A wide range of abilities and personalities were represented. Some of the members had great college soccer careers, and others chose to pursue other opportunities in life. All of them turned into amazing adults and ended with exceptional educations. They make us proud as our first class that came out of high school.
Class of 2004 Academic Award Winners: Corey Connelly Michelle Mattingly
Class of 2004 Academic Award Runner Up: Heather Moe Jacob Rozran Lauren Wegener
Corey "Cornbread" Connelly
Undergraduate: Stevens Institute of Technology
Graduate: New York University School of Law
Corey became a member of the Academy back in 2002. He was among the best combination of academic student and goalkeepers the Academy has ever had. Corey grew up in the Louisville, Kentucky area of the Midwest. He attended Dupont Manual High School where he was an honor student, Rhode Scholar, and an All-Region basketball player. Because of mediocre coaching situation, Corey played football instead of soccer. As a club player, Corey had one of the best careers of any Academy member. Corey’s club team won six straight Kentucky State Championships and made the Region III finals twice. They were also a powerhouse in all the nation’s top tournaments. Corey was a three year member of the Kentucky State ODP team and a one year member of the Region III ODP team. After graduating from high school with honors and an SAT score among the highest in the Academy's history, Corey chose to attend nationally ranked and academically prestigious Stevens Institute of Technology in the New York City area over such schools as Princeton, Georgetown, and George Washington etc. Corey attended Stevens on a full academic scholarship. With Corey in goal, Stevens won four Conference Championships and went to four NCAA Tournament “Sweet 16s.” In that time, Corey was named to four All-Conference Academic teams. Corey graduated with honors with a degree in Business Technology and Economics. Corey took a position at UBS in wealth management. As a senior associate at UBS, he led a tax remediation team and worked on bringing the firm’s credit card business in house. The more Corey worked with UBS’s in-house counsel, the greater his interest became in the legal aspects of the work. He decided to join his two other brothers at New York University School of Law. Corey graduated from NYU Law School and now works as a lawyer in mergers and acquisitions and he resides in New York City with his charming wife.
Commander Michelle Mattingly (Kingsland)
Undergraduate: United States Naval Academy
Graduate: Pennsylvania State University
Michelle became a member of AOG back in 2003. She is one of the most accomplished members of the Academy and a truly amazing individual. Michelle played club soccer in Maryland in one of the best leagues in the country helping her team to be one of the best teams in the state. In high school, Michelle may have set a records for awards and accomplishments. As a member of the soccer team at Leonardtown High School she led her team to the Maryland State Championship final four. In so doing, Michelle earned Maryland All-State, Washington Post All-Extra, All Conference, All County, Maryland All-Star Game MVP and Team Most Valuable Player. Michelle participated on the Varsity Track Team, Varsity chorus and Ladyes Fayre A Capella Singing Group. She was also part of academic and school supported Chemical Society of Washington at Washington at Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, Lieutenant in the Maryland Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), and Flight Commander at CAP's National Capital Wing's Airman Leadership School. She finished her time at Leonardtown as one of the greatest athletes and students in their history. While in high school, Michelle held the full-time summer position at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station. Michelle chose to attend the United State Naval Academy. She was a member of the soccer team for a couple years and then switched to be a member of the Naval Academy Marathon team. She graduated from the Naval Academy and received her commission in 2008. While in the Navy, she earned her Master's degree in Acoustics at Pennsylvania State University. While in graduate school at Penn State, she helped coach State College High School to a Pennsylvania State Semi Finals appearance. Michelle was stationed as a strike officer on a guided missile cruiser and played on her ship's soccer team. Michelle succeeded in another way by getting married after the Naval Academy and she is now a mother while still serving in the Navy.
Undergraduate: Rochester institute of Technology
Graduate: Kansas State University
A hard working and incredibly smart person who was one of the top goalkeepers in the history of Southern Maryland soccer. Her club team earned multiple Maryland State Cup quarter-final appearances and they played in Division I WAGs. This was the top league in the country at the time for girls soccer. In high school, Heather earned All Conference, All County, Washington Post All-Extra honors as a 4 year Varsity starter and 2 year Varsity captain. She is one of the best goalkeepers to have ever played at Calvert High School. She was also one of the top students at Calvert. Heather attended the academically prestigious Rochester Institute of Technology. She was a three year starter and a four year Empire 8 Conference President's List for Academics. Upon graduating with honors, Heather was hired into National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Corps. Heather reached the rank of Lieutenant in NOAA. Heather held literally the coolest job in the history of the Academy when she was stationed at Point Barrow, Alaska and then years at the South Pole in Antarctica. While in NOAA, Heather earned a Master's degree in Operations Research at Kansas State University. Heather finished her career at NOAA and moved out to the west coast and she is now settled in California working at a geographic information system software company.
Undergraduate: Drexel University
Graduate: Villanova University
One of the early members of the Academy, Jake was one of the best goalkeepers to come out of Southern Maryland ever and a genuinely smart and talented person. Jake played his club soccer for Freestate United (Now Maryland United) where his teams achieved multiple Maryland State Cup Quarterfinal appearances and won National Capital Soccer League Division I when it was the best club league in the country. He had greater success at his Patuxent High School. He earned DC All-Met, Washington Post All-Extra, All Conference, All County, and Team Most Valuable Player honors. Jake was also one of the best students in his high school. Jake spent his Summers playing for DC United's Super Y-League team. After graduating from high school, Jake accepted an offer from Drexel University where he was a three year starter. He graduated from Drexel with degrees in Engineering and Business. Jake settled in the Philadelphia area with his developing business career. He later attended Villanova University earning a Master's degree in Applied Statistics. Jake has been a Data Analyst and a part-time Professor at Villanova. Jake is still in the Philadelphia area with his wife and child.
Undergraduate: Virginia Polytechnical University
One of the early members of Academy One, Lauren was a hard working, intelligent and gracious person. Lauren was an excellent coach and teacher of goalkeeping to younger keepers. She was involved in theater and played lacrosse, as well as soccer at her academically prestigious Maryvale Prep School. Lauren earned All-Conference, Baltimore Private School Championships, two time Baltimore Private School finalist for outdoor soccer and three year All-Conference, Baltimore Private School Championships, and two time Baltimore Private School finalist for indoor high school soccer. Lauren also played on one of the top club teams in the Baltimore area. Lauren then broke our hearts by turning down playing opportunities/offers at nationally ranked college soccer programs so she could attend Virginia Tech University where she graduated with a degree in Pre-Med/Human Nutrition, Food and Exercise Science. She worked in the fashion industry in management when she graduated. She has worked for Banana Republic/Gap, Michael Kors, and now Theory. She works as a major administrator and fashion guru. Lauren's other focus is being a wife and mother. She resides with her family in Pennsylvania.