CM grad McCaleb having success at the Naval Academy
Sadie McCaleb has begun the journey of a lifetime.
The Navy commissioned freshman soccer star out of Central Mountain High School is well on her way to not only an illustrious collegiate athletic career, but a professional military career. McCaleb — a captain of soccer, basketball, and track and field teams over the years — has leadership and service engrained in her veins.
McCaleb was a four-sport athlete, lettering across the board in athletics. A first-team all-conference player for the Wildcats, she earned 589 minutes in just 15 games for the Naval Academy. McCaleb, one of eight freshman on the Navy roster, has logged the third-most minutes out of the first-year players and already impacted her soccer team, as she hopes to impact her community as well.
“I have always had an interest in the military, when the recruiting process began I realized what a great place Navy is and the opportunity presented to me.” McCaleb said.
“I hope it’s encouraged other atheletes like me to look at an opportunity in the military for academics and for athletics,” she added.
McCaleb attended The Hill School in Pottstown, a United States Naval Academy Foundation for a year. There she recieved All-Mid-Atlantic Prep League honors. In addition to her soccer achievments, she took home a crown for the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Prep League title along with a state championship in the javelin. A year later, she was being commissioned into the Naval Academy.
“Part of what makes Sadie Sadie is her tremendous work ethic. Both in the classroom and on the field. She had the academic ability in addition to the athletic ability” former Central Mountain coach Abe Stauffer said of his former player.
Stauffer, whom visited West Point to watch McCaleb play in the rivalry Army-Navy game continued to rave about her accomplishments.
“I am so proud of Sadie, going from Sugar Valley Rural, to playing for the Central Mountain Wildcats, to now plaing at Navy and being treated like the incredible athlete that she is, is incredible” he said.
McCaleb acknowledges her parents, Early and Crystal, siblings and grandparents as some of the motivation behind her success to this early point in her life.
“My parents come as much as they can, which is a lot, with my sister being a senior at Penn State Behrend. My grand parents and sisters have been so supportive (too),” McCaleb said.
Along her young Naval Academy soccer journey McCaleb has made leaps and bounds in improvement from the already stellar athlete she was to even make the roster.
“I just want to keep getting meaningful minutes in every game,” McCaleb said about how she can improve leading into her future athletic career at Navy.
McCaleb who was used in almost every position during her high school career, due to her immense knowledge of the game and athletic ability has been groomed into an incredible defender at the Academy. As a Wildcat, McCaleb was used everywhere essentially besides goalie. She can strike the ball well with either foot and purely outplayed her competition up to the upper echelon of collegiate athletics, which by the time her career is over may be dominating as well.
“I hope Sadie inspires other girls, athletes or not, to look at going to a Military Academy. Most importantly she sets the example that grades are first. Sadie had to have the academics to get in first before anything else,” Stauffer said.
McCaleb has been lauded for her athletic ability and gift, and she now gets to share not only the gift of her athleticism, but also her brain and leadership with us as a collective community, as a commissioned member of our United States Military.