John Peter Krupski
Hometown: Long Island, NY
Team: Soccer

John Peter Krupski '66
Long Island, NY
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John Peter Krupski ’66 was an All-American fullback in an era when soccer at Brown was first attaining national recognition under Coach Cliff Stevenson. During Krupski’s three varsity seasons, Brown was 28-4-4, won three consecutive Ivy League titles, was selected for two NCAA playoffs, and outscored the opposition, 129-36. The undefeated 1965 team which Krupski captained was considered the finest in Brown’s history up to that point and was the first team ever to go though an Ivy League season without a loss. And John Krupski, the big left fullback, was an integral part of this success story, being a two-time All-Ivy and All-New England player, in addition to gaining All-American first team honors. The 6-2, 195-pound Krupski came to Brown from Mattituck High on Long Island, where he had been captain of soccer, basketball, and baseball and competed in track. An aggressive and fearless defenseman who came to the ball as well as anyone Brown ever had in that position, Krupski was also valuable on offense, being stationed near the opponent’s cage on corner kicks. The 6-2 Krupski had four goals as a junior and nine in his senior season, including four in one game. “John Krupski is one of the finest athletes and most dedicated men who has ever played soccer for Brown,” Stevenson says. “He wasn’t a particularly smooth player when he came here, but by personal hard work and a desire to success he became perhaps the best left fullback in the country. Heading, tackling, and long goal kicks were his specialty.” After his final season on the Hill, John Krupski was given the Alumni Award as the team’s MVP. He’s now living in Huntington, N.Y., and working as advisory marketing representative for IBM.