For Doug Trott, playing on the 1969 Drew soccer team that finished the regular season undefeated and placed 3rd in the NAIA National Tournament was like a dream.
“Drew, at that time, wasn’t a big soccer school,” he recalls. “It was Coach (John) Reeves’ first year, and he really put us on the map. No one had even heard of us before. We beat two teams as the underdogs and went on to Indianato place 3rd in the National Championship. It was pretty amazing for Drew. After that year, people started thinking of us as a soccer school.”
That 1969 team holds Drew’s best winning percentage for a team during the regular season (1,000) and the best winning percentage overall (16-2). They also hold the record for the most consecutive wins from the start of the season (15).
Reflecting on that big year in Drew’s soccer history, Trott, who was co-captain his senior year, gives all the credit to the players who got there with him. “We were really team oriented,” he says. “It’s amazing when you think about it—going 12 and 0. We all played well together and everything just fell into place. The entire team should be in the Athletic Hall of Fame.”
Trott started playing soccer in the 4th grade, when he’d participate in pick-up games before school. He enjoyed it and felt like he was pretty good at it, and by 8th grade, he was playing on an organized team. An offensive player, he felt at home on the front line. “I liked the ability to kick the ball where I wanted it to go—it seemed like a challenge,” he says.
While the biggest stand-out in his soccer history is the team’s undefeated year, Trott saw a number of personal athletic achievements in his time at Drew. Though he didn’t play his freshman year, he had the team season record for most goals and assists in his junior and senior year.
But Trott is quick to note that he didn’t go to Drew just to be a soccer star. As a matter of fact, that’s why he didn’t try out for the team until his sophomore year—he wanted to make sure he could balance everything. “I didn’t just play sports,” he explains. “To be a student-athlete at Drew, you have to be able to do both—study hard and play hard. That’s the good thing about Drew: you don’t go there to be a high-profile athlete; you go there for school.”
Noting Drew’s DivisionIIInon-scholarship status, Trott marvels on how incredible it was to have pulled together that 1969 team from a host of walk-on players. “That’s what made it even more unique. Everyone who tried out that year made the team. We were a random set of people that pulled off that really big season,” he says.
After Drew, Trott went on to electronics school inMassachusettsand then settled into a job with Hewlett Packard’s medical electronics division, where he’s been ever since. Today he works in the quality and regulatory department for patient monitoring equipment. He hopes to retire in the next few years.
Trott and his wife, Jane, have a 13-year-old son named Jonathan, who is passionate about baseball. A native ofWest Hartford,Conn., he’s proud to point out that two other Drew soccer greats—K.C. Havens and Dean Rosow—grew up in the same town.
With all his personal success on the soccer field, Trott has never forgotten the magic of the team that year. “It was the Miracle at Drew—sort of like the U.S. Hockey Team in the 1980 Olympics,” he says, still with disbelief in his voice.