Mark A. Devey ’81

A “prolific” goal scorer, Mr. Devey recorded an amazing 58 goals during the 1980 soccer season and appeared in Sports Illustrated’s “Faces in the Crowd” after amassing 14 goals in two matches.

A powerful offensive and defensive force, during his senior year Mr. Devey earned national recognition when he was named to the All-State, Regional All-American, Parade magazine All-American and McDonald’s All-American teams. He was also offered a professional contract with the famed Tampa Bay Rowdies while still in high school.

Upon graduating from Moravian Academy in 1981, Mr. Devey played every minute of every game as the center forward with the U-23 United States National Soccer Team on an international tour and scored the first-ever goal for the United States in World Cup play.

That phenomenal goal led to a flood of professional offers. However, he turned down opportunities from the North American Soccer League and the Major Indoor Soccer League to attend The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill to further his education. While his college soccer career was marred by several injuries, Mr. Devey was still named All-ACC, All-South, and graduated as the all-time leading scorer at UNC. He is listed as one of The Express-Times Top 100 Athletes of the 20th Century.

Mr. Devey earned a bachelor’s degree in English from UNC and an MA in Educational Leadership from Columbia University. He thoroughly enjoyed teaching and serving in the administration at independent schools across the country. He recently returned to the area to take on the role of headmaster at The Perkiomen School in Pennsburg, PA.

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