Academy Clinics

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The Crew SC Academy Wolves are proud to offer OPEN Academy Clinics.  The Wolves are members of the US Soccer Development Academy program. U.S. Soccer created the Development Academy in 2007 to provide education, resources and support to impact everyday club environments that will develop world-class players. The Academy program's philosophy is based on increased training, fewer total games, and more meaningful games using international rules of competition.

The Academy also connects National Team coaches directly with the Academy clubs to develop and identify players and coaches for future Youth National Teams. As of December 2016, 87% of Youth National Team players come the Development Academy clubs. Further details about the US Soccer Development Academy can be found at the link: http://www.michiganwolveshawks.com/academy-info/faqs.html

OPEN Clinic Details:
SATURDAY, JANUARY 14
4-5:30PM BIRTH YEARS, 2007, 2006, 2005
SUNDAY, JANUARY 29
4-5:30PM BIRTH YEARS, 2007, 2006, 2005
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4
4-5:30PM BIRTH YEARS, 2004, 2003, 2002

Location: Schoolcraft Dome, 18600 Haggerty Road, Livonia, MI

Bring soccer balls and equipment to play.

There is no cost for the clinic, but registration is required.  Follow the link below:

REGISTRATION LINK

If you have any questions, please email:
Academy Director, Lars Richters, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Academy Staff, Bryan Thorp, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2017 Annual Gala - Under the Lights

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The club is pleased to announce that it will be hosting its 2nd Annual Gala at Schoolcraft College’s VistaTech Center on Saturday, March 4th 2017, 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm. This year our theme is titled: “Under the Lights”.

The primary purpose of this event is to help raise monies to purchase permanent lighting for our outdoor stadium field at Schoolcraft. A modern, high efficiency lighting system would substantially upgrade all of our player’s night time experience there by providing professional level coverage as well as expanded field access.

The semi-formal Gala event will offer up to 225 adult club members, friends, coaches, soccer fans and local business members the unique opportunity to enjoy a fun packed evening of:

  • Team-Club and Community Camaraderie
  • Fantastic Food & Drink brought to you by Schoolcraft’s renowned culinary arts team
  • Dancing & Entertainment
  • Silent auction, raffles and other prize opportunities
  • All while supporting an important cause
Gala tickets are available!!! Please go to http://www.underthelightsgala.com/ to purchase your tickets.

March 4th, 2017 Under the Lights Gala Event schedule:

Doors open / Silent Auction begins: 6:30 pm
Strolling dinner: 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
Presentation (brief): 8:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Entertainment begins: 9:00 pm
Silent Auction ends: 10:00 pm
Last call: 11:00 pm
Doors close: 11:30 pm

Donations: At this time we are seeking donations of silent auction and raffle prizes. Item may include, Sports Memorabilia, Jewelry, Gift Certificates, Pampered Pets, Great Escapes, Professional Services, Memberships, Gift baskets etc. Other creative ideas are more than welcome.

Family, Corporate, Small Business Sponsorships: If your family, company or other group is interested in the benefits of working with a Livonia based non-profit organization and helping provide our community with a long term asset we invite you to contact us to discuss ways you can help.

Please contact Amber Townes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make a contribution or to learn more about group sponsorship.

U.S. SOCCER DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY INTRODUCES U-15 SINGLE AGE GROUP FOR 2017-2018 SEASON

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CHICAGO (Jan. 9, 2017) - As part of an overall goal to improve the player development pathway for elite boys soccer players, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy is adding a U-15 single age group for the 2017-2018 season. The strategic move to expand the pathway is part of a long-term plan for player development, and will provide Academy clubs with the opportunity to enhance their efforts to develop world-class players.

"The addition of the U-15 age group is another important step to ensure players have the opportunities they need to develop on and off the field," U.S. Soccer Development Academy Director Jared Micklos said. "We have all seen the benefits of the increased opportunities this season with the split of last season's U-13/14 division into single U-13 and U-14 age groups. We believe the U-15 age group will be another avenue for clubs to further their player development efforts."

At the beginning of the current 2016-2017 Development Academy Season, the move to split the previously combined U-13/14 age group to single ages (U-13 and U-14) made a significant improvement in the player development pathway by increasing the overall number of players, teams, clubs and games. With the addition of a single birth year U-15 age group, the pool of elite players will expand further, adding approximately 1,500 players to Academy clubs and raising the total number of Academy players across all age groups to more than 12,000.

The change to a U-15 single age group is in coordination with the birth year mandate that will go into effect at the beginning of the 2017-2018 season. The Academy will continue to register players by birth year and all of the six age groups featured in 2017-18 will provide a continuous pathway for players from Zone 1 (age 6-11), through Zone 2 (age 12-17), and into Zone 3 (age 18 and above). Having single age groups throughout the foundational ages (U-12 through U-15) creates a player pathway with no gaps in maturity. This further allows Academy coaches and technical staff to mitigate relative age effect and gives an additional ability to play younger players up when they are ready.

The goals of the new U-15 single age group will continue to be aligned with U.S. Soccer Development Academy objectives, which include more training, playing fewer total games, but more meaningful games, having age-appropriate travel and competition, reducing costs, paving a consistent development pathway, and playing under a simplified calendar that allows clubs to plan for elite level international and domestic events. Overall, developing players starts with coaching. The addition of U-15 age group will provide players with coaches that meet the minimum U.S. Soccer B license standard and create a positive learning environment focused on individual development within the team concept.

"Over time, we have closely monitored the Development Academy combined groups to assess the impact on talent identification and development, especially at the ages during early adolescence where there can be significant physical differences, based on an individual's maturation rate," said Director of Scouting Tony Lepore. "From looking at the data and speaking with our Technical Advisors and club directors, we know that adding U-15 single age group to the program will not only expand the influence and player pool, but it will also help clubs streamline the learning environment and allow individual players to follow their own pathway. The expansion to U-15 single age will really help to provide a place for individuals born later in the year or talented late developers, similar to what we have seen with the addition of the DA U-13 single age group this season."

AYW Spotlight | Lauren Spencer

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RICHMOND, VA (January 5, 2017) – The ECNL and the Amazing Young Women movement is dedicated to showcasing females that have helped shape the league into the top female youth soccer development platform in the world.  As part of the movement, the ECNL is encouraging amazing young women to share their stories.  We are excited to announce Lauren Spencer as the ECNL Amazing Young Woman Spotlight of the Week. Spencer is a sophomore goalkeeper and is pursuing a degree in Marine Biology at the Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) and is a Michigan Hawks ECNL Alum.

Spencer is a native of Oxford, Michigan where she played for the Michigan Hawks ECNL team her final two seasons of her youth soccer career.  She immediately settled in with the Hawks and became involved in both coaching and mentoring younger players within the community. Inspired by the mentors she had growing up, she felt the need to give back and empower the next generation of young women with the “pay it forward” mentality.

“I want to give the youth in my area an outlet and sounding board to reach out to for help along the journey of life.” said Spencer, “I want them to know that they are not alone, and that I am here to listen, help share my experiences, and help them reach their dreams.  I want to instill confidence in others and continue to give back to my community, especially for young women.”

Last summer, Spencer had the opportunity to coach at a soccer camp she grew up attending called On Goal Soccer (On Goal).  On Goal is a Christian soccer ministry focused on developing the total player. With On Goal, she traveled around the United States setting up camps in communities where they would teach soccer skills, teamwork and ministry. Spencer makes it a point to volunteer as much as possible, as she truly believes in the positive message spread through giving. She volunteers to feed the homeless any chance she can, always looking to lend a helping hand whether it is on or off the soccer field.

Spencer continues her involvement as both a coach and mentor at HPU. Her favorite event is HPU’s Women’s in Sports Day where they bring young girls on campus from the within the community, focusing on those families that have little opportunity to do so on their own. They partner with fellow women’s sports teams and encourage the girls to be empowered by sport, spreading the message that sports can provide opportunities to them.

The power of self confidence in women, and believing in “Girl Power” is what Spencer lives and breathes. In her two years with the Hawks, Spencer made back to back appearances in the ECNL National Championship Game. After finishing second in 2014, they came back to win the U18 ECNL National Championship the following year. She credits the loss endured the previous year as motivation to bring her team closer together, and the drive needed to achieve the ultimate goal of becoming ECNL National Champions.

“It was unbelievable to battle with my teammates, my sisters, and earn a spot in back-to-back seasons,” Spencer said about playing in two ECNL National Championships, “I feel blessed to have been a part of an outstanding group of players and coaches, who truly believe that anything is possible.  The two years spent as a Hawk are etched in my memory, and helped shape the person I am today.  It drives me to keep following my dreams, and to help others along the way.”

Spencer credits the ECNL with providing her with a platform to showcase her soccer ability and to pursue her dream of becoming a marine biologist. She found HPU through the recruiting process and received both athletic and academic scholarships after working hard on the pitch and in the classroom.

“She has a great family and I know community service is a very important part of their lives. As it translates into the team, Lauren was a very, very unselfish player throughout both runs [to the ECNL National Championships]. She always put what was best for the team in front of her own goals, and helped out with other teams when we needed her,  She was a joy to work with on the field.” Doug Landefeld, Director of Coaching for Michigan Hawks said about her time with the Hawks.

We wish Lauren Spencer the best of luck with the rest of her collegiate soccer career and in her quest to become a marine biologist. Thank you for being an Amazing Young Woman and blazing the trail for others.

Gatorade Player of the year and Miss Soccer 2016

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In its 31st year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Hannah Jones of Port Huron Northern High School as its 2015-16 Gatorade Michigan Girls Soccer Player of the Year. Jones is the first Gatorade Michigan Girls Soccer Player of the Year to be chosen from Port Huron Northern High School. The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Jones as Michigan’s best high school girls soccer player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year award to be announced in May, Jones joins an elite alumni association of past state award-winners in 12 sports.

The returning Gatorade State Player of the Year, the 5-foot-7 senior midfielder led the Huskies to a 5-4-4 record entering this week’s regular season game against Lake Shore High, scheduled for May 16. At the time of her selection, Jones had scored 16 goals and passed for five assists. The three-time Port Huron Times-Herald Area Player of the Year, she is a member of the U.S. Youth Soccer Region II Olympic Development Program team and is rated as the No. 71 recruit in the nation for the Class of 2016 by TopDrawerSoccer.com. Jones has maintained a 4.0 GPA in the classroom and will graduate as her school’s valedictorian. An accomplished artist, she won a Gold Key at the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing awards for an original painting. She has volunteered locally as a lifeguard and swim teacher in addition to serving on the Port Huron Northern student council. “It would be devastating for PHN if they didn’t have Hannah,” said Kevin Grammens, head coach of Anchor Bay High. “She has individual flair and still tries to incorporate her teammates and not try to do everything on her own.” Jones has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at Michigan State University beginning this fall.

5 Hawks named to Top 100 Freshman

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TopDrawer Soccer ranked the Top 100 Freshman Postseason and 5 of our Hawks players made the list:

#13 Zoe Morse

#21 Malia Berkley

#49 Maddy Lucas

#82 Natalie Winters

#92 Avery Hay

Link to list

Wolves 08 Toy Drive

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During the Wolves 08 holiday party they held a toy drive for the charity The Bottomless Toy Chest

Supplying children with Cancer toys and games while they undergo treatment.

Wolves08 Toy

MAC ANNOUNCES WOMEN'S SOCCER ACADEMIC ALL-MAC TEAM

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13 Former Hawks excel on the field and in the class room.

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Mid-American Conference announced its 2016 Women's Soccer Academic All-MAC team Thursday. A total of 124 student-athletes were named to the team.

The Academic All-MAC honor is for a student-athlete who has excelled in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport.

2016 Women's Soccer Academic All-MAC Team

Chay McNitt, Ball State, Senior, 3.53, Geography
Rachel Winters, Bowling Green, Junior, 3.389, Finance
Shannon Magnan, Central Michigan, Sophomore, 3.54, Undecided
Samantha Maher, Central Michigan, Senior, 3.34, Exercise Science/Kinesiology
Eliza van de Kerkhove, Central Michigan, Senior, 3.88, Outdoor & Environmental Recreation
Stephanie Dillon, Miami, Senior, 3.36, Marketing
Rachel Marble, Miami, Senior, 3.47, Public Health & Marketing
Natalie Knauf, Toledo, Junior, 3.938, Pre-Business
Sydney Vinton, Toledo, Junior, 3.584, Political Science
Tiffany Buckler, Western Michigan, Junior, 3.25, Nursing
Kendall Juhnke, Western Michigan, Junior, 3.37, Exercise Science
Alexis Shamoun, Western Michigan, Sophomore, 4.00, University Curriculum
Olivia Vollmers, Western Michigan, Senior, 3.90, Business Management

Drew Shepherd Voted Soccer Third Team All-Region

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Drew Shepherd Voted Soccer Third Team All-Region

Men's Soccer December 08, 2016

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Western Michigan redshirt junior goalkeeper Drew Shepherd has been named to the All-Great Lakes Region Third Team by the NSCAA. Shepherd becomes the third Bronco to earn an all-region recognition this season. Juniors Zach Bock and Brandon Bye were named to the Second Team yesterday.

"Drew continues to prove himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the country," said WMU head coach Chad Wiseman. "His work rate, leadership and ability to make big saves in big moments are certainly game changers for our program. Drew has been so much fun to coach, he continues to get better in all areas of our program each year."

Shepherd started 18 games in goal, logging over 1,667 minutes. He made 43 saves and allowed 17 goals for a 0.92 goals-against average and a .717 save percentage. He faced a total of 138 shots and posted six shutouts. He was the keeper of record in all but one game this season and was in goal for all nine wins.

Shepherd was a Second Team All-Mid-American Conference selection this season and a First Team selection last year. In 2015 he led the nation in goals-against average.

"Drew is an extremely self-motivated individual, who always puts the team first," Wiseman added. "What he is doing on the field, in the classroom and within our community is impressive. I am very proud of all his achievements."