Josh Bronstorph of Dunwoody became the second DeKalb County athlete to earn Georgia Gatorade Player of the Year in 2016 as he was announced the boys’ soccer winner on Tuesday (May 10).
Bronstorph joins Miller Grove basketball player and Connecticut signee Alterique Gilbert as honorees by Gatorade this school year.
“Josh Bronstorph is a very good player,” said Thom Jacquet, head coach of Greater Atlanta Christian School. “He’s fast
and a very hard worker. We beat them but he was a handful.”
The Dunwoody senior returned to the high school soccer field for the Wildcats in 2016 after playing club soccer through the U.S. Soccer Development Academy as a sophomore and junior.
His 45 goals and 13 assists as a senior helped lead the Wildcats to their first region (6-5A) championship in 20 years and a 12-7-1 record. His prep career, including his freshman season at Dunwoody, puts him at 69 goals and 23 assists.
“I’ve coached for more than 20 years in college and high school, and had All Americans but never a player who scored in every game they played in-Josh is talented but also very ambitious and this is what sets him apart in high school,” said Dunwoody boys’ soccer coach Edgar Flores. “I hope he continues to develop this on and off the field as an adult.”
Winning the Georgia award makes him a finalist for the Gatorade National Boys’ Soccer Player of the Year which will be announced later in May.
Bronstorph became the first Gatorade Georgia Boys’ Soccer Player of the Year from Dunwoody, the third overall from DeKalb County Schools and first since 1996.
Redan’s Chris Faklaris was honored in 1991 and a second Redan player, Troy Garner, was selected in 1996.
The 5-8, 160 pound Wildcat was also named the Region 6-5A MVP this season. He has maintained a B average in the classroom and served in the community as a volunteer at a local homeless shelter and food bank in addition to serving as a youth soccer coach.
Bronstorph has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at Georgia Southern
University beginning this fall.