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Nick Fluet was a top running back and a highly decorated member of the WPI football team. In addition to his numerous accolades from the Football Freedom Conference (FFC), Worcester Area Football Association (WAFA), and ECAC, he was a rare four-time department award recipient.
The team rushing leader all four seasons accumulated 2,981 yards and 31 touchdowns. He had a pair of receiving touchdowns each of his sophomore and senior years and was the squad’s top scorer his final three seasons. At that time, he was only the fifth in WPI history to eclipse 2,000 rushing yards and 20 scores.
“The thing that stood out to me about Nick was his toughness,” commented offensive lineman teammate Steve Gentilucci. “He came in as a young player and made an immediate impact on how physical we were as a team. It made you want to play harder when you looked across the huddle and saw a young guy saying, “Give me the ball!”
As a 2000 team captain, Nick handed in the sixth-best scoring season and ninth-best rushing season with 78 points and 968 yards, respectively. In all, the local product is third in career yards and career points (210) in the WPI record book.
“Make no mistake about it, statistics reveal ability and talent,” stated former head football coach Ed Zaloom. “Unfortunately, statistics do not reveal that which is most important, or at least that which I believe is most important, when an institution chooses to memorialize one as a representative of its “famed” class.”
Nick was named the FFC and WAFA Rookie of the Year and a first team running back in 1997. He followed it up with first team nods by both groups his sophomore and senior seasons to go with a WAFA second team nod as a junior. Nick claimed double-digit player of the week honors from the conference and a pair from the ECAC.
Within the Freedom Football Conference Nick was a top rusher each season while also appearing among the scoring and receiving leaders as a sophomore.
Zaloom continued, “When I think back on Nick and what he meant to the WPI football family, I remember a young man who was an absolute coach’s dream. I both admired and respected his intensity, his dedication, his attention to detail, his competitive spirit, his passionate heart, and his uncompromising character. Make no mistake about it, Nick represents the very best of WPI.”
A native of Leominster, Nick graduated with distinction from WPI in 2001 with a degree in management engineering. His MQP was instrumental in streamlining a local business’s warehouse process to facilitate the order-filling process. Nick is currently an account executive for The Trane Company in East Providence, R.I. He and his wife, Sheila, live in Barrington, R.I., with their sons, Cole and Luke.