Sixteen years after graduating from Monroe High School, with a host of accolades under his belt, Ben Dragavon became the newest inductee into the Monroe High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Accompanied by his parents, Dragavon was inducted into the Hall of Fame by Athletic Director Mark Henderson during halftime at the MHS boy's soccer game last week.
Dragavon's accomplishments as an MHS soccer player, records set as a college soccer player, his professional soccer career and his continued work with professional athletes has earned him a seat in the MHS Athletic Hall of Fame.
While playing as a goalkeeper for the MHS boy's soccer team, Dragavon led his team to the District and State Tournaments, winning the state 3A Championship in 2001, the first state championship for any MHS sport team since 1953. During the championship run in 2001, Dragavon won three playoff matches in shoot-outs after going into overtime. Coincidentally, during the same year, Dragavon led his Premier Club Team, the Cascade Avalanche, to the State Championship by winning shoot-outs in both the semi-final and championship matches, thus totaling five shoot-out wins in semi-finals and championship games during the same playing year. His club team then represented the State of Washington in the Region 6 Championship in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Ben then went on to play college soccer at Western Washington University, earning the starting goalkeeper's job as a freshman in 2002 and setting team records for games and minutes played, shutouts, shutout minutes, saves and wins. He also set a season record for lowest goals against average and ranked amongst the top 10 goalkeepers in the Greater Northwest Athletic Conference. He was named Freshman of the Year in 2002 and selected to the All Conference team from 2002-2005. He graduated from Western with a degree in Exercise and Sport Science.
Dragavon then went on to play professional soccer for the Seattle Sounders from 2005-2008, winning the USL Championship in 2008. Following the 2008 season, the Sounders moved up to Major League Soccer (MLS) status and Dragavon again made the team as the goalkeeper and played for the Sounders in 2009. In 2010, he signed on with the Austin, Texas Aztecs, but an injury suffered during the preseason ended his playing career.
Despite the injury, Dragavon stayed involved in soccer, coaching the Seattle Sounders FC U-23 team, Sounders 2 and the Sounders FC Academy. He then went on to work as a Goalkeeper and Strength Conditioning Coach for the Seattle Reign professional women's team, working with such luminaries as Hope Solo, the U.S. Women's National team goalkeeper who won the World Cup and an Olympic Gold medal. He has also been employed as a Biomechanics Consultant for professional athletes in Major League Soccer, the National Women's Soccer League, the U.S. Men's and Women's National soccer teams, the NFL, the MLB and the U.S. Ski Team. In addition, he has coached goalkeepers at Western Washington University and Seattle University.
Today, Dragavon operates a private Goalkeeper's Academy, working with professional, collegiate, and nationally ranked goalkeepers. His current work at the Athletic Training Institute includes work with professional sports teams and athletes from all over the world. Also keeping him busy is his continued consultant work with the Seattle Sounders.
The Monroe High School Athletic Hall of Fame was established to honor outstanding athletes, teams, coaches, and staff from Monroe School District and inspire current student athletes in their future endeavors beyond high school.