Craig Stiemsma knew right away that he had to sign McPherson High All-State senior Patrick Munsey for his Dordt College soccer team.
"We had a graduate assistant coach that watched him play and saw his ability to work the middle of the field," Stiemsma said. "He said, 'this is a guy that can instantly help our program.' When I watched him I felt the same way. He has a sense about him that you really can't teach. He has the skills and composure to play immediately. He's just a relentless competitor and you need that in college. He has a drive to help other people. He can be a leader immediately for us. I can say it in two words — we're thrilled."
Munsey will be venturing far away from home to continue his collegiate career as Dordt is located in Sioux Center, Iowa, just over 400 miles away.
"When I went and visited, the size was a lot like McPherson," said Munsey, one of the most decorated players in MHS history. "It's like home, but not like being at home. So it won't be that much of a change. I think the coach is really nice and he really wants to better the team. I'll play wherever he wants me to play to help the team."
Munsey was a model of consistency in his career, scoring 37 goals and dishing off for 36 assists.
MHS coach Chris Adrian can't imagine his team without Munsey next year.
"When it comes to what Patrick has meant to the program, it is hard to know where to begin," Adrian said. "He has done so much on and off the field to help the team. Even as a freshman, he was organizing offseason pick-up games and getting guys together to go practice. He has been an amazing leader on the team and we are going to really miss that next year. He has accomplished so much in his 4 years."
Munsey compiled a peerless resume as he was a major contributor as a freshman and his importance to the team expanded in the following years.
He was a two-time Class 4-1A first-team All-State selection his final two seasons (which qualifies him for the MHS Wall of Fame) and also was All-State honorable mention as a sophomore. He made The Hutchinson News All-Area team his junior and senior years after being honorable mention in 2014.
He was a regular on the All-AVCTL team, making the first team each of his last three years and was second-team as a freshman, which is a rarity. He was the league’s MVP his senior year.
Also in 2016, he was MVP of the Maize Invitational and three times was named to its All-Tournament Team.
One of his most cherished honors was being named team captain each of his final three years, which is voted on by his teammates.
"Having a junior on the team voted as a captain is extremely rare, but to have someone voted as a sophomore is almost unheard of," Adrian said. "It’s strange to think of our team playing without Patrick next year since he has been such an important part of our team for 4 years. I have no doubt he will go on to do great things at Dordt."
In addition to soccer, he has been a member of the MHS tennis team and competed in swimming. He has taken part in band and the jazz band.
Away from sporting activities, Munsey has an incredible 4.42 weighted GPA and will be a salutatorian when he graduates in May, ranking second in the Class of 2017.
He plans to major in engineering.