Chad Vandegriffe: Role Model, Stud, Defender of the Year

Chad Vandegriffe is returning to the Florida Tropics next season! As last year’s Defender of the Year, he will have some high expectations to meet. Good thing Chad is no stranger to a challenge, especially in the game of soccer. 

Vandegriffe has always been a powerhouse. He acquired another Defender of the Year title in his young life. Chad spent his formative years in Missouri where he attended Chaminade College Preparatory School and developed his soccer skills. At Chaminade College Prep School, he was a four-year letter winner and team captain for the school soccer team. Chad won Defensive Player of the Year in high school. Little did he know he’d claim that title again nearly 10 years later. Chad is a well-rounded individual. In high school, he also got his varsity letter in baseball, basketball, and soccer.

Soccer is Chad’s true love, which shows in his many accomplishments and championship titles. Chad has graced the indoor and outdoor soccer fields professionally for the past 11 seasons. He’s been a star player on the United Soccer League 2nd division team, the Major Indoor Soccer League 1st division indoor team, and the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) 1st division indoor team. 

Vandegriffe has amassed some impressive professional accolades so far in his career. He is recognized as one of the top players in the MASL. Here are some of his accomplishments:

  • Major Arena Soccer League Defender of the Year 2021-22
  • Major Arena Soccer League Elite Six 2021-22
  • Major Arena Soccer League Regular Season Champion 2021
  • Major Arena Soccer League All-Third Team 2021
  • Major Arena Soccer League Champion 2018-19
  • Major Indoor Soccer League All-Rookie Team 2013-14

The Florida Tropics MASL indoor team is excited to have him signed back on for 3 years, especially Coach Clay Roberts. Roberts says that “the consistency of his play is pretty unmatched. I can’t look back at any game last year and think that he was not just very good for us. And two, he’s so consistent, not only in how he plays, but his leadership and how he fuels the other guys. To get him re-signed for multiple years is huge for our organization.”

Vandegriffe is a team favorite and fan favorite. Over 4,100 people follow Chad on Instagram, where he shares his soccer career and life. He posts often so that his followers can stay informed and updated on his career. “I want them to know this is the real me and my only account,” he says.

Chad’s followers share an interest in his personal life and his professional soccer career. His followers include his fans, aspiring professional soccer players, former and current teammates, fans of soccer, youth soccer players, professional soccer players, professional athletes, and other well-known professionals. Big names like MMA fighter Zach Freeman and country singer Chris Bandi reside in his followers. 

He’s a great role model, a stellar player, and an encouraging teammate. There’s no doubt he’ll continue to thrive in his upcoming seasons with the Florida Tropics.  

Written by Monella