North Little Rock senior Jack Fleming can not only boast of being an All-Star soccer player, was selected as co-captain for the East team last week. Fleming’s selection was the first for a Charging Wildcat boys’ soccer player since 2007.
Fleming led his team to a shootout victory after a 3-3 tie in regulation.
Fleming began playing soccer when he was three years old at the North Little Rock YMCA. Since then, he has played for numerous soccer organizations including the Immaculate Conception Soccer Association, Arkansas Soccer Club (Inferno), Searcy Drillers, Little Rock Futbol Club (’95 Blue), and Westside Y (Capitals).
As the youngest player on the ’94 Capitals, Jack led the team in goals scored and/or assists each year. This past season Jack led the ’95 Capitals team in goals scored (averaging two goals per game) and led the team in assists.
Since he was old enough to participate, Fleming has been a member of the Olympic Development Program (ODP). ODP is a program of the Arkansas State Soccer Association whose mission is to provide players with pathways to higher levels of competition at the state, regional, and national level.
Fleming has made the Arkansas State ODP Soccer team every year; representing the state of Arkansas in Southeast Regional competition. Each summer, the ODP boy teams travel to a one-week camp at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. In the summer of 2012, Fleming was selected as one of the outstanding players for the ODP Regional Pool Team that is comprised of players from all 16 regional states.
As a four-year varsity letterman for North Little Rock High School, Fleming carved out a solid career.
During his freshman and sophomore years, Fleming led the varsity team in assists, second in goals as a sophomore year and led the team in scoring his junior year, averaging nearly two goals per game. He was named the team MVP and was an All-Conference selection after his junior season.
In his senior season, as a two-year team Captain, he led the team in goals and assists as the Charging Wildcats finished the regular season with a winning record earning them their first state tournament appearance in four seasons beating Fayetteville to advance to the quarterfinals.
Fleming said his biggest honor would be the body of work during his career of bringing soccer respectability to North Little Rock.
"During my freshman and sophomore year, we weren’t very good," Fleming said. "Now to be a part of moving the program in the right direction, it’s what I will remember."
Fleming closed out his career with numerous honors including 7A All Conference, All State, All Arkansas/Max Preps, Team MVP, and selected to the AAA All-Star East team.
After being recruited nationally, Fleming signed with Lyon College and will continue his playing career in Batesville.