C. Eugene Cato Mental Attitude Award

At the conclusion of the state finals, the IHSAA Executive Committee presents an award for mental attitude to an outstanding senior participant in the boys soccer state tournament. The recipient of this award, who was nominated by his principal and coach, must excel in mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability in soccer. The award is named in honor of Mr. Cato, who served the IHSAA as its fifth commissioner from 1983 to 1995. During his tenure, boys and girls soccer became the 19th and 20th sports to be sponsored by the IHSAA.  

Year Class Name School
1994-95   Tory Harris North Central (Indianapolis)
1995-96   Greg Gotwald Washington
1996-97   Zack Schaub Washington
1997-98   Andrew Crouch Washington
1998-99   Cyle Graber Washington
1999-00   Matthew Abbott Penn
2000-01   Pat McBride Castle
2001-02   Matt Lovell Brownsburg
2002-03   Kent Melchiors Evansville Memorial
2003-04   Dan Fox Carroll (Fort Wayne)
2004-05   Ryan Tunis Fort Wayne Canterbury
2005-06   Robert Bercovitz North Central (Indianapolis)
2006-07   Zachary Carr Carmel
2007-08   Mitchell Day Evansville Memorial
2008-09   Trev Wilgus Evansville Memorial
2009-10   Harrison Petts Zionsville
2010-11   Scott Smyth Warsaw
2011-12 2A Nathan Kaplan Columbus North
  A Andy Hamilton Evansville Mater Dei
 2012-13 2A Reid Wilson Columbus North
  A Chase Moyle Fort Wayne Canterbury
2013-14  2A Jonathan Kopp  Avon
  A Doug Kaskie  Guerin Catholic 
2014-15  2A Isaac Huerta Goshen
  Trevor Waite  Tri-West Hendricks
2015-16  2A Matthew Roop Harrison (West Lafayette)
  A Keith Owen Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter
2016-17  2A Owen Hallas  Chesterton
  A Nick Berry Providence
2017-18  3A Pete Newton  Harrison (West Lafayette)
  2A Ben Loshe Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran
  A Austin Wagner Covenant Christian (Indianapolis)