My name is Dylan Bapst. My life has been blessed by having had the opportunities to play soccer, travel baseball and compete in gymnastics before the age of 10. Following the Region 8 Regional Gymnastics Championships in 2012, I started experiencing panic attacks and wasn’t sure why this was happening. My parents were always supportive of my inspirations and competitive nature, but strongly suggested for me to choose the sport I love the most. I realized I needed to reevaluate my work load, focus on the most important goals and to remember how to say NO when my plate is full. This was definitely an epiphany for me and the turning point toward putting my priorities in order. My aspirations of playing soccer at the highest level possible, while achieving a college education are my priorities now.
My character, leadership and strong work ethic makes me a good candidate for your team, as well as my dedication and the love I bring to the game of soccer both on and off the field. In my earlier school days, I didn’t particularly enjoyed school, but as I began to mature I realized the importance and value of an education. I started to push myself to study harder, take more advanced classes and to strive to be the best student I can be. I've been a part of the top organizations in the southeastern part of the USA, including the Elite Club National League (ECNL) and United Soccer League (USL 2). I have maintained my role as a starting left-back through my willingness to be patient, learning from my mistakes and to constantly challenge myself to be the best player I can be with the highest of standards.
Even though I took on too much when I was younger, I feel that those very circumstances have prepared and molded me to become a young man who responds well to change and adapt to life’s challenges.