Perez a Gem of an Athlete For Tyler Silver Knights
The Tyler Consolidated Silver Knight’s have a gem of an athlete in Federico Perez.
According to the Silver Knights head soccer coach Scott Wall, Perez is one of the better if not the best soccer player in the state of West Virginia. Wall, who has been head coach at TCHS for 13 years, said he has had several players go on and play college soccer and Perez ranks up there with the best he’s ever had.
Perez is a native of Colombia, South America, where he started playing soccer at the age of 11. He moved to the area with his mother, brother and stepdad, at the beginning of his sophomore year in high school and immediately had an impact on the TCHS soccer program. Although he knew very little English, he quickly adapted to the culture and became a fan favorite at his school. He says, his first year was a learning experience and he wanted to get adjusted and let everyone see the type of person he is.
Coach Wall said he is excited to see were this upcoming season takes TCHS soccer with Perez being a big part of our success.
“In 13 years of coaching, I don’t think I have ever coached anyone who respected the game of soccer more than (Perez). He lives for this game and with his experience, he is a tremendous asset on the field, it’s like having a coach on the field playing, he knows that much about the game. He is focused on taking his soccer career to the next level and has done a great job in remaining humble and valuing the mindset of team first,” Wall said.
Perez is certainly no stranger to the game, he spends many hours watching soccer to try and digest strategies and winning techniques. He does not focus on scoring alone, although he is a threat at any time to put the ball in the net. Passing and playing as a team is a major part of his game and that is what makes him difficult for other teams to cover. He understands the importance of setting up teammates and he is also good at sharing that knowledge with younger players.
When it comes to academics, Perez has surpassed everything expected of him and there is no longer a language barrier. He speaks and writes proficient English and his math skills are outstanding. He carries a 4.0 GPA entering his senior year and has plans to attend college an get a degree in engineering.
Perez a member of the TCHS football squad where he will be handling the kicking chores. Last year as a first time extra point and field goal kicker, he calmly went on the field and booted the ball right down the middle. Head football coach Ryan Walton said he expects more of the same from him this season. He was also a part of the TCHS track team that went to the state meet the past two years.
“This is my last year of high school and I’ve been working very hard for this, spending time in the weight room, attending speed camp and soccer camps non stop. Next week I will be at the WVU soccer camp. If you really want something you have to work for it, and this is my dream, I’ll give it my best and not just for me but for my family as well and for my school,” said Perez.
He said his family is his motivation and “when you put God and Family first everything else will fall into place.” he stated. Perez said he feels it’s going be an interesting season because there are a lot of returning lettermen and experienced players. He said he feels lucky to have good coaches in Coach Wall and Coach Thomas for soccer and Coach Walton for football.
Perez, has some very impressive statistics as a soccer player, he has always been a starter and a leader even when he was in Colombia, playing for the Millonarios, a respected club team. As a high school player at TCHS, Perez has been named to several first teams.
This past year, Perez was named first team All- State, first team All-OVAC, first team All- LKC, LKC Co- Player of the year, first team All-Valley, and is currently listed on the 2015 High School All American watch list.
During the 2014 season Perez had 12 goals and 13 assists, setting a school record for assists in a season. In only two years he ranks seventh in goals with 19 and third in assists with 17 at TCHS.
Several schools have already expressed interest in him and and the possibility exists that he may be a Division 1 recruit. He has tremendous foot work and his foot speed is unsurpassed. “I like to score, but I get as much enjoyment out of an assist.” he said.