As an All-American goalkeeper, James Hickok led the Staples High School soccer team to 3 FCIAC titles.
At Dartmouth College, he captained the Big Green to their 3rd straight Ivy League crown last fall.
Hickok graduated in the spring. UBS hired him as an analyst.
But they allowed him to defer work for a year. First, he’s playing professional soccer.
After trials in Spain and Scotland, Hickok was signed last week by Swedish club Gimo IF FK.
He headed overseas. He walked into the clubhouse — and there, among the dozens of banners hanging from the rafters, he spotted a very familiar one:
The Westport Soccer Association pennant was exchanged with Gimo when the youth teams met years ago, at the Gothia Cup in Gothenburg, Sweden.
And — in another reminder that this is indeed a very small world — the coach of that Westport team became (years later) Hickok’s Staples coach.
How do I know?
That coach was me.
NOTE: James Hickok made 12 saves in his professional debut yesterday.