CAL senior, John Popovich, signed a letter of intent to play football at Southeast Missouri State University.

Popovich first came to CAL his sophomore year and began playing football and basketball. After his first year, he decided to stop playing basketball and focus on football.

“It has been a blast coaching John. He is such a go-getter. Whatever goal he sets, he achieves. His goal was to play Division I football and he not only achieved that goal, but has received a full scholarship as well. His hard work has paid off,” said CAL head football coach, Stefan LeFors.

Pete and Ange Popovich, John’s parents, sat proudly beside him as he thanked friends, coaches, and teammates for supporting him. John singled out his brother Peter for starting his athletic career and training with him.
“Today is a big day for John and a big day of gratitude for our family,” said Pete Popovich. “We are so thankful to CAL and the joy this school has brought. It’s been wonderful to see coaches, teachers, and staff who live out the motto of the school. Thank you Coach LeFors for living out your faith and helping these young men know Christ.”

John also made official visits to Indianapolis and Indiana State before choosing SE Missouri. Popovich said, “SE Missouri was a good fit academically and athletically. I really like the campus and coaches.”

John’s football achievements include All district team (2011, 2012), Defensive MVP (2012), Team Captain (2012), and the Coaches Award at the Louisville East/West All Star Game. He looks forward to playing for the Redhawks next year and plans on majoring in Business.