Get To Know Me (Player Spotlight) – Cole Hoppe

At Nebraska Soccer Talk, we love covering everything soccer related. For the most part, that means covering games and providing analysis/opinions. However, our overall mission and purpose is far reaching and ambitious. Our goal is to bring the soccer community closer together through collaboration and communication.  There are countless people that deserve recognition for their efforts as a player, official, or coach. Throughout the year, we will be highlighting these individuals through our Get To Know Me articles.

This will be a series made up of three different components. All of which is meant to bring attention to the soccer community.

  1. Get To Know Me (Coach Edition) – These individuals are responsible for building their programs, growing the game of soccer, and mentoring the next generation. We look forward to learning about their lives and philosophies.
  2. Get To Know Me (Player Edition) – This article series will focus on high school juniors and seniors that have demonstrated themselves to be quality players and people. With these features, our community will learn about some of the most impressive players in the state.
  3. Future of the Game – This article series will focus on the freshmen and sophomore classes. These are players that we will be covering for years to come.

Thank you to every individual that provided information for this idea. We appreciate your thoughtful and timely responses.

Cole Hoppe

Parent(s)/Guardian(s): Maureen and Scott Hoppe
High School Soccer Team: Bellevue West Boys
Position: Center Back
Club Team: Gretna Elite Academy 03’ NPL
Grade: Senior
What is your favorite subject in school? Why?
Math; I’ve always been pretty good at it and enjoy problem solving
What are your future plans? 
I’m continuing my academic and athletic career at William Jewell College
Who’s your favorite soccer player and why?
Virgil Van Dijk; He is arguably the best defender in the world so he is a great player to analyze and learn.
Throughout your high school career, you have undoubtedly learned many lessons and matured as a player. Based on those lessons and experiences, give three pieces of advice to your freshman self. 
Don’t take any training session for granted. Being disciplined enough to do the little things everyday will make a big difference later. Take care of your body outside of training with your recovery, it is very important.
Who has helped you become the player that you are today? How did they help you? Is there anything you would like to tell them?
Many people have helped me in becoming the player I am today and I am blessed to have so many supportive people in my life. My club team and coach Chris Dunford really pushed me to becoming a better player though. I’m very thankful to be apart of that team.

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