Nate Azzopardi’s strength and tenacity were a significant reason Serra’s offense racked up more than 5,000 yards this past football season. Number 74 was a huge presence on Serra's offensive line and an integral part of the Padres' WCAL, CCS and Nor Cal championships. A team leader and co-captain, the highly respected lineman earned first team All-WCAL honors.
Nate is off to University of Idaho, where he plans to play football and study communications with an emphasis on television broadcasting.
Nate played baseball as a freshman and sophomore and football all four years at Serra. It’s no wonder his cherished high school memories are with his football teammates.
“The long hours I spent with my football teammates, whether it was in practice, in the weight room, the locker room, or on game day, those are bonds that can never be erased, and ones that I will always remember,” Nate said.
A Serra tradition that Nate takes the most pride in is simply put: The brotherhood. His gratitude for his school, fellow Padres, family, teachers and coaches is immense.
“Serra helped me realize the principle of accountability and responsibility, as well as showing me how to work for my goals,” he said, adding that his greatest accomplishment to date is earning a full-ride scholarship to play Division 1 football.
“The coaches I have had during my four years at Serra have all helped me become the man that I am and for that I am forever indebted to them. Without them, I would've never reached my full potential on or off the field. They helped push me and motivate me to embrace the grind, embrace the misery. By doing that, It led to me making my dream come true and becoming a D1 athlete,” Nate said.
Coach Walsh has played a significant role in Nate’s growth as an athlete. “Most of all, thank you to Coach Walsh for treating me like family and pushing me more than any coach ever has in my life … I hope I made every one of my coaches proud,” Nate said.
Nate’s parents have supported him every step of the way.
“To my dad, you taught me how to be a man and take care of your family before anything else, but you taught me how to work hard and go after my dreams. I'll always have a chance at whatever I do with you in my corner,” Nate said.
And to his mom, Nate said, “You've showed me love and unconditional support throughout everything I've ever done and have always stood by me, I know it may not always seem like it but I'm always just trying to make you proud.”
All the best to you, Nate, both on and off the field in Idaho! You continue to make everyone in the Serra community proud!