Athlete of the Issue: Trent Rickard

Nathalia Raio, Copy Editor

Trenton Rickard was named to the All-CIF Division III. Rickard finishes his high school career as a three-time Foothill League Player of the Year and now picks up an All-CIF selection to add to his resume. 

After scoring 26 goals in his senior season Trent Rickard, a senior soccer player, has committed to play for his dad at The Masters University. He started playing soccer at a young age on Pateadores club team and was always inspired by his older siblings who went to Hart High School and were also soccer players. Rickard’s biggest role model, however, was his dad, who was his coach at times, but did an excellent job of separating life from being a coach and a dad.

Rickard’s journey to becoming a varsity player started in his freshman year. He was initially on the junior varsity soccer team, but during the CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) playoffs, he got pulled up to the varsity team. He remained on the varsity team throughout his high school years.

“My commitment to playing soccer for my dad at Masters University is a testament to my family, almost a legacy,” said  Rickard.

“I think my dad has taught me a lot and we share an amazing relationship and the same love for the same sport,” Rickard said.

Playing for his dad is not something that he took lightly, but he is excited to be a part of the team and is determined to make the most out of this opportunity.

“I had other options, but it’s always been Masters. Playing for my dad has always been a dream of mine and I can’t wait to fulfill it,” Rickard said.

Rickard also credits his dad for instilling discipline and the importance of hard work in him. His dad played a significant role in shaping his character and helping him understand that success in soccer, as in life, requires discipline, hard work and dedication.

“I have confidence and I’m ready for this new chapter in my life and all the new beginnings.”