By Justin Rodriguez
Section 9 Football Insider
Like most other Section 9 players, Warwick linebacker Matt Hansen has his influences.
He admires, among others, Metallica, Guns N’ Roses and a variety of classical artists. Hansen plays the violin, piano and guitar and has played in rock and classical bands. He is also a Straight-A student who maintains a classroom average of 102.6
And, yes, Hansen can also lay down a mean hit. His diverse and impressive resume and helped Hansen, a senior, earn a prestigious honor earlier this week.
Hansen has been named the Class A Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the New York State High School Football Coaches Association (NYSHSFCA). Cornwall running back Amin Woods was named NYSHSFCA’s Player of the Year award and coach Eric Holzapple earned Coach of the Year honors.
“I was definitely surprised when I found out,” Hansen said. “I heard from just about everyone in my family when they heard, so it was pretty cool. I still can’t believe it, but I definitely appreciate the recognition.”
Hansen had 62 tackles and two sacks for Warwick. He also skis for Warwick and plays on the lacrosse team. To go along with his 102.6 average, Hansen scored a 1430 on his SAT.
He plans on majoring in engineering in college and is interested in Clarkson University, SUNY Binghamton, RPI and RIT.
“Matt is just a great program guy and an incredible kid,” Warwick coach Greg Sirico said. “He represents all the good things you want in a student-athlete. Matt is just a solid guy and has been an asset to this school. He is certainly deserving of this honor.”
Hansen was one of more than 50 nominees for NYSHSFCA’s Class A Scholar Athlete of the Year award. He was selected for the honor by a 15-person NYSHSFCA committee. Hansen said he has long been interested in music, even though it goes against classic football stereotypes.
Hansen has also played in the school band and performed piano recitals.
“I hang out with a lot of different kids in school,” Hansen said. “The smart kids, the athletes, whoever. I’m not part of clicks and I enjoy that. It’s nice to fit in with everyone.”
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