Drew Kotler: – class of 2007
Drew Kotler was a 4-year starting goalkeeper for Lower Merion’s soccer team in the Fall seasons of 2003, 2004, 2005, & 2006, the only LM Freshman to do so in the school’s history thus far. In 2004, his sophomore year, he led the team to a Central League Title, and currently owns the Lower Merion High School record for the most career shutouts by a keeper with 34. He was also elected to the All-Central League 1st team in his Sophomore, Junior, & Senior seasons. In both his Junior & Senior years he was an All-Southeastern PA pick, an All-State selection, and an NSCAA Regional All-America choice. As a captain in his Senior year he was chosen the team’s Most Valuable player. During the off-season Drew was also frequently called upon by both high school & college coaches to work local soccer goal-keeping camps.
After being heavily recruited, Drew continued his soccer career at Big-10 member Northwestern University upon graduating from Lower Merion. He red-shirted as a freshman during the 2007 Fall season, and in 2008 helped his team reach the elite eight in the NCAA tournament, despite a nagging injury that kept him on the bench part of the season. The injury continued into the 2009 season but was completely healed in time for his senior year in 2010. Drew put up record numbers that season with a .9 goals against average, 2nd in the Big Ten (behind a keeper that now plays professionally). Drew was also Academic All-Big Ten in 2008, 2009, & 2010. During his college career he also worked off-season as a personal soccer trainer.
After Northwestern Drew went on to medical school at Jefferson where he graduated in 2015. He is currently in his 1st year of residency doing internal medicine. He plans on sub-specializing by doing a hematology & oncology fellowship. Drew also found time to play soccer in the CASA league in Philadelphia.
Drew got married this past March, 2016 to his wonderful wife Elana and they are currently living in the Philadelphia area.