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Omar Djabi, a former player at Tennessee SC earned the Atlantic Sun Player of the Year award. Omar is a Junior at Lipscomb University and is the first Bison in program history to be awarded this prestigious honor. Djabi wrapped up the regular season with 9 goals and 3 assists for 21 points. His 4 game-winning goals were a season high for the Bison and led all Atlantic Sun players. Omar was also recently named to the NSCAA South Region 3rd Team.
Tennessee SC's Executive Director Kevin Burk had a moment to catch up with Omar and ask him a few questions;
Talk to me about this past year and being named the Atlantic Sun Player of the Year?
"This year my efforts along with the team's is the start of something big. Personally, I have a lot more in me and need to stay focused and disciplined and not get too caught up in the accolades. I am very proud of being a local player and playing for the local division I team in town. The many club and college coaches that influenced me have helped me so much in preparing for college and the game of life. I also can't thank my family and Frieda enough that have supported me my whole life."
How has the club soccer you played here in Williamson County growing up affected you today?
"The university team as well as the soccer club I played with growing up have substantially helped me. I came to a new country with different customs and was embraced immediately by the team and families within the club. I learned to look at the team as a group not as one person. While playing club soccer I played forward initially then moved to centerback because that was where the team needed me. The bonds of friendship I made with my club teammates gave me a sense of responsibility on the field to not let any of them down. The role my club coach played was helping me make good decisions which helped me in college make good decisions on the field as well as off the field. My club was like my weekend family as we traveled to a bunch of new places and tournaments. One of the most important things I learned from playing club soccer was how to be successful and that with the right tools and development I could be a champion both on the field and off."