Tigers’ Maron signs to play soccer at IIT
Elmwood Park senior Adrianna Maron signs a letter of intent to play soccer at the Illinois Institute of Technology with her parents Dariusz (left) and Anna Maron by her side at Elmwood Park on March 28. | Michael Jarecki~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 5, 2012 1:35PM
The official signing of Adrianna Maron, known to most as Ade, to play soccer at Illinois Institute of Technology is the “American Dream” personified.
The Elmwood Park senior made her decision public on March 28, in Elmwood Park High School’s library in front of her coaches, teammates, and her parents. The three-year captain and All-Metro Suburban Conference player emigrated from Poland to the United States with her parents Anna and Dariusz when she was just a year old. The family moved to Elmwood Park by the time Ade was in first grade after originally settling in Chicago.
“I like that it’s close to home and my parents can come see me play,” she said. “I like the coach (Marc Colwell) a lot. I think he has a good personality. He said he likes my ability to score goals.”
Maron is the reigning conference MVP and two-time team MVP and had 45 goals coming into the 2012 season. She looks to major in information technologies with a goal of becoming an app and website developer and designer. While she can score and set up goals, she’s slated to be a forward once she joins the Scarlet Hawks in the fall.
“It was actually pretty easy,” Maron said about her college decision. “It was the first school I looked at, and I sent an email. I had a sports profile, and they liked the video on it. They told me to come to campus, and I liked it and the girls on the soccer team. The coach came to see me play for my travel team, and gave me an offer, and I accepted it.”
She finalized her decision about a month ago.
“I’m so proud of her and excited to see her with a bright future,” said Anna Maron. “She’s a very ambitious, determined, and hard-working girl. I appreciate all of her coaches.”
She’s definitely a self-starter as the process showed. Elmwood Park head soccer coach Marty Blake is happy to see her make this step in her life. It’s also a big step for the seven-year-old girls soccer program at the school as Ade Maron is the first to sign on to play in college.
“We don’t have a large history, but she is the first one, and it’s great to see the girls here supporting her,” Blake said. “We have girls who will have the same opportunity in a year or two. She’s a do-it-yourself person, and takes initiative. Usually someone who signs is completely dedicated to one sport, but she played basketball. It’s rare to have someone that skilled in one sport be a big part of another program in the school. She’s a real renaissance woman who does everything well.”