Vestavia Hills senior Tony Shaw named Alabama Gatorade Soccer Player of the Year!  Shaw, a Syracuse signee, is the fourth player from Vestavia Hills High School to win the honour!

The award recognises not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field.  Shaw is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year award to be announced later this month.

  • Graduation Year: 2020
  • Position: Midfielder
  • Club Name: Vestavia Hills SC
  • Jersey Number: 10
  • High School: Vestavia Hills
  • Region: South
  • City: Vestavia Hills
  • State: Alabama

A two-time first team All-State selection, Shaw concluded his prep career with 13 goals and a school-record 28 assists. He is a member of the Region 3 Olympic Development Program and helped the Gwinnett Soccer Academy to the Elite National Premier League 17U national final. Shaw is ranked as the South’s No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2020 by TopDrawerSoccer.com.

Shaw has volunteered locally feeding the homeless and coaching youth soccer players, and he has raised money to benefit pediatric cancer research.

“If I’m buying stock in a student-athlete, it would be in Tony Shaw… He’s big, strong, fast, a leader and a student of the game. Syracuse is getting a great player with lots of upside.”

Vestavia Hills Coach Leo Harlan

Shaw has maintained a 3.96 GPA in the classroom.


He has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on scholarship at Syracuse University.

Shaw joins recent Gatorade Alabama Boys Soccer Players of the Year Logan Frost (2018-19, Briarwood Christian School), Brooks Rice (2017-18, Spain Park High School), and past VHSC soccer players Kennedy Davis (2016-17, Oak Mountain High School), JJ Williams (2015-16, Alabama Christian Academy), Eduvie Ikoba (2014-15, Bob Jones High School), and Jake Rufe (2013-14, Grissom High School) among the state’s list of former award winners.

Way to go Tony!  Wishing you the best in your future!