Long before Scott Coleman received his M.B.A. from Fordham University and started his promising career at Cantor Fitzgerald, he was a boy growing up in Westport, Connecticut, with a passion for the game of soccer. As a player, Scott achieved a level of individual and team success that is enjoyed only by those who truly love the game. Scott’s U-16 Westport Warriors won the Connecticut State Cup in 1985 and advanced to the finals of the Region I Tournament in Niagara Falls. Scott developed into one of the best New Jersey prep players while attending The Lawrenceville School. After graduation from Lawrenceville, Scott continued his playing career with the Colgate University varsity soccer team from 1989 to 1993, and finished his college career as one of the top ten leading scorers in Colgate soccer history.
Scott and his older brother, Keith, worked together at Cantor Fitzgerald as colleagues, brothers and friends. Scott and Keith were both killed in the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001, leaving so much promise unfulfilled.
In his 31 years, Scott Coleman touched many lives. His soccer coach at The Lawrenceville School, Brian Daniell, described Scott most eloquently in the following passage:
My admiration of Scott came not from athletic or academic accomplishment – we see a lot of that here [at Lawrenceville] – but from the quiet, kind words of encouragement that came from Scott for younger or less-skilled players, almost always behind the scenes without any expectation of recognition or return for his kindness. It was part of Scott’s character, and it was for that, not his talents, for which we loved him.
The Coleman family and the Westport Soccer Association have joined together to form the Scott Coleman Scholarship Foundation to honor Scott and his love of this wonderful game. The Foundation will provide opportunities for boys and girls from families with financial needs to participate in travel and other youth soccer programs. The Foundation will also provide college scholarships to graduating high school seniors who have participated in the WSA’s programs.
If you would like to contribute to the Scott Coleman Scholarship Foundation, please send a check made payable to:
WSA – Scott Coleman Scholarship Fund
Westport Soccer Association,
c/o Michael P. Byrne, Esq.
Day, Berry & Howard LLP
One Canterbury Green, Stamford, CT 06901
Contributions are tax deductible.
The Westport Soccer Association and its Board Members would like to thank the Coleman family for sharing their memories of Scott for the benefit of other young soccer players. We also heartily thank Dan Woog for providing the idea and the inspiration to start the Scott Coleman Scholarship Foundation. Dan is the Staples High School varsity soccer coach, and coached Scott on several youth teams and on the Staples High School freshman soccer team.