2013 Gilmour Academy graduate Andrew Bieber was recently named the National High School Coaches Association's National High School Senior Boys Golf Athlete of the Year.
Bieber, along with this year's other 19 National Athlete of the Year recipients, will be honored in the NHSCA National High School Sports Hall of Fame, which is going to be built in Exton, Pa.
"The 20 young men and women we are honoring today represent the thousands of success stories produced in high school athletics," NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro Jr. said in a prepared statement released with the announcement of this year's winners. "They have worked extremely hard to develop their skills and have become not just great athletes, but outstanding role models as well, and we are proud to be honoring them."
Bieber enrolled in Gilmour as a sophomore after his family moved to Cleveland. He played on the school's varsity golf team his entire career as a Lancer and was named to the Ohio High School Athletic Association All-Ohio First-Team and the Northeast Ohio Golf Coaches Association First-Team each season.
This past fall, Bieber capped his stellar prep golf career by being crowned the Division III state champion for the second consecutive season, making him only the 13th dual champion in state history.
In non-scholastic competition, Bieber qualified for the U.S. Open sectional at age 16 and qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur for three consecutive years in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Academically, Bieber was a member of the National Honor Society, earned the highest honor role, was named to the HP Scholastic Honor Roll twice and received the Washington and Lee University Book Award.
Bieber will play golf at Duke University this fall, where he plans to major in neuroscience and psychology and minor in theology or philosophy.
The NHSCA is a non-profit service foundation established in 1989 to provide leadership and support for the nation's one million high school coaches. Each year, the organization names a Coach of the Year and an Athlete of the Year in 20 sports; football, baseball, softball, volleyball, field hockey, wrestling, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls golf, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls swimming, boys and girls tennis and boys and girls track and field.
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