Clarksville, Ark.-Owasso High School soccer standout and recent graduate Luke Byrne will continue his soccer career at the University of the Ozarks, it was announced by Ozarks' head men's soccer coach John Cossaboon.
Byrne, a 5-foot-10, 160-pound defender, led Owasso to its first undefeated regular season in program history and to the final four of the state tournament in his senior campaign. OHS finished 12-1-0. As a junior, he was named team Defender of the Year.
He has most recently played club soccer with Westside Alliance.
“Luke combines intelligence and athleticism on the field,” said Cossaboon. “I have not had the opportunity to work with Luke in training, but I like everything I’ve seen while observing his play. He will bring hard work, leadership, and a tough defensive mentality to our program.”
Byrne was awarded the Hazel Carr Robson Scholarship, a full-ride scholarship awarded annually to a Claremore or Rogers County resident. The Robson Scholarship is one of the most prestigious awarded by the university and covers tuition, room and board on campus, and a book allowance. Renewable for four years, the scholarship’s current value exceeds $110,000. The scholarship is awarded based on academic success in high school, college entrance test scores, financial need, and an interview with a selection committee.
He is the son of Terrence and Dona Byrne.
University of the Ozarks is a private, four-year, accredited university located in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains in Clarksville, Arkansas. It has been ranked as a “top tier” university in the South Region for 12 consecutive years by U.S. News and World Report in its annual America’s Best Colleges edition.