Michigan Hawks College Combine

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The Michigan Hawks are excited to host the first 2015 Michigan Hawks Winter College Combine on January 24th. In coordination with the combine, the Hawks will also host a College Recruiting Forum the night before, Friday the 23rd, (site to be determined). Only players and parents that are registered for the combine will be invited to attend. The guest speakers scheduled to lead the discussion about the college recruiting process will be Erica Walsh, Head Coach Penn State and Dave Diiani, Head Coach, University of Iowa.

Registration for the combine is open exclusively to players from the Michigan Hawks Soccer club until November 16th. After that, registration will be open to the entire state, so please register early.

To register please go to College Showcase Registration Link.

Here are the details for the Combine:

  • Where : Total Soccer Wixom, 30990 S Wixom Rd, Wixom, MI
  • Who : Uncommitted Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors from any club.
  • When : Saturday, January 24th 11am-6pm
  • Format:  There will be 4 X 1 hour and 45 minute sessions.  (Each player will be invited to attend one session.)  There will be a 30-minute goalkeeper session at the beginning of each session which will also include a small sided warmup session for the field players with college coaches.  Then, the players will participate in a scrimmage, 2 X 35 minute halves.
  • Cost  : $40 for players playing for the Michigan Hawks, $75 for players who are not playing in the club.  All players will need to register online to apply for a spot.  An email confirmation will be sent out verifying that registration was received, however, a spot in the combine will not be secured until payment is received.

Important:  Registering for this event does not guarantee you a spot in the combine. Once accepted, we will send you payment info. Only those who have submitted their payment will have a confirmed spot at the combine.

For additional information, please contact Doug Landefeld, Michigan Hawks Director of Coaching at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The following college coaches attended our June Showcase: Michigan, Purdue, Ohio State, Illinois, Indiana, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Maryland, Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Indiana, Northwestern, Davenport, Saginaw Valley State, Virginia, Bowling Green, Western Michigan, Grand Valley State University, Ohio, Ferris State, Oakland, Alma, Cleary University, Dartmouth, Iowa, Loyola of Chicago, Dayton, Pittsburgh, Depaul , Virginia Tech, Wisconsin, St. Louis University, California, Cincinnati, Akron, Toledo. (An updated list for the winter showcase will be put out in January.)

2014 Winter Break Camp

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The Michigan Wolves and Hawks will offer a winter break soccer camp for all players age 5-15, open to players from all clubs. The cost for the 5-day camp is $125.
In addition to quality instruction by our club coaches with the club’s proven curriculum, each player will receive a holiday camp t-shirt. Players will be placed into groups based on both age and ability after the first day.

Camp Staff: will include Doug Landefeld, Adil Salmoni, Sam Cheaib and Lars Richters, plus other staff members from the Michigan Wolves and Hawks

Where and Where:
December 22nd and 23rd from 10-12PM at Total Soccer Wixom, 30990 S. Wixom Rd in Wixom
December 29th, 30th, 31st from 10-12PM at Total Soccer Farmington 22777 Farmington Rd, Farmington

To register for the camp, please complete this form including the waiver and send a check for $125 if payment is received before December 1st ($145 after the 1st). If you are only able to attend 3 days or less, the rate is $35 per day.

The checks should be made out to: Michigan Wolves and Hawks Soccer Camp
Send check and waiver to: Michigan Wolves and Hawks Camp, 16735 Riverside, Livonia, MI 48154


Buckingham named ACC Freashman of the Year

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GREENSBORO, N.C. - Heading into this weekend's ACC Tournament, five Tar Heel women's soccer players were named to the All-ACC first, second and third teams Thursday in a vote by the league's 14 head coaches.

UNC had two ACC All-Freshman selections and freshman forward Megan Buckingham (Hawks Alumni) was named the ACC Freshman of the Year.

Carolina, 12-2-2, shared the ACC regular season championship with Florida State ths year.  The Tar Heels finished 9-0-1 in the ACC, earning its 21st conference regular-season crown in history.

Senior defender Satara Murray and junior defender Katie Bowen were rewarded with first-team All-ACC status.  Sophomore midfielder Joanna Boyles was named second-team All-ACC while sophomore forward Emily Bruder and freshman forward Megan Buckingham were tapped for the third-team All-ACC Team.

Both Buckingham and freshman defender Jessie Scarpa were named to the ACC All-Freshman Team.  Buckingham, who is tied for second on the team in goals scored with four, is the first Tar Heel to be named the league's freshman of the year since fellow Michigan native Lindsay Tarpley in 2002.  She is only the sixth Tar Heel to ever be named ACC Freshman of the Year.

Bowen and Murray have led a defense with has allowed only 12 goals this season.  Both players have played virtually every minute in every game this season.  Both players have started all 16 games.  Bowen has played 1,510 minutes of the 1,517 Carolina has played this year and Murray is second on the team with 1,501 minutes played.

Boyles and Bruder, both sophomores, are Carolina's top two scorers.  Boyles leads the team with 13 points and is tops on the squad in assists with seven.  Bruder is second on the team with 11 points and leads the squad in goals with five.

Carolina will play in the 2014 ACC Women's Soccer Championship beginning Friday at UNCG Soccer Stadium in Greensboro, N.C.  The fifth-ranked Tar Heels (12-2-2) will meet the fourth-ranked Virginia Cavaliers (17-1-0) in the second semifinal game Friday at 8 p.m.  Top-seeded Florida State, the 2013 ACC Tournament champion, will play fourth-seeded Notre Dame at 5:30 p.m. in the first semifinal game.

The ACC champion will be crowned Sunday in a 1 p.m. game at Greensboro which will be televised nationally by ESPNU.

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Fall 2014 Youth Academy

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Special Thank You to all the fall Youth Academy participants!!!

We hope to see you all in the winter Youth Academy or next Spring.



Melanie Pickert - Hawks Alumni News

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Seemingly born with a soccer mind

Senior Melanie Pickert brings a leadership element to the team, something difficult to replace.

By Jordan Hansen 

One of the captains on the Hawkeye soccer team and a key defender on its vaunted defense, Melanie Pickert has this practice off, resting and preparing for the rigors of the weekend ahead.

Normally, the senior’s hands would not be in her coat pockets and the serious expression on her face would be directed downfield, watching opponents set up their offensive attack.

This day, however, that face is processing a question about the very limited number of games left in her storied career.

“The whole experience has been about taking it one game at a time, making the most of it, leaving it all on the field,” Pickert says. “I’m trying to set an example for the younger kids, for them to keep motivating and pushing and really to just have the senior class go out on a good note.”

That response summarizes Pickert’s career in a nutshell. Always looking forward to what’s next and bringing people along with her for the ride.

It is the mark of a good leader but also of a good friend — something that redshirt senior Katie Nasenbenny has often noticed in the years the two have been friends.

“She’s such a genuine person, and not that she doesn’t care what other people think of her, but she’ll do what she thinks is right, regardless of what’s popular,” said Nasenbenny. “I think a lot of people respect her for that on the team.

“She always thinks about other people, and that carries over to her play on the field; she’s always trying to make peoples jobs easier.”

As Nasenbenny says, Pickert lives to make the other player’s jobs a bit easier on the field. Watching any Iowa game, her voice can often clearly be made out over the general din of the crowd.

Sometimes she’s making adjustments, other times they’re simply words of encouragement to her teammates.

It would not be a stretch to call her a coach on the field, and she has absolutely gained the confidence of her teammates and coaches.

“She’s a soccer mind, she likes watching video, she likes to watch the game, and watch her opponents,” head coach Dave DiIanni said. “I think she’s somebody who can play at the highest level; we’re trying to get her into the U-23 National Team camp, and we’ll find out that later on.”

The idea of playing at the next level is something that has been on Pickert’s mind recently.

She spent part of the summer in Canada practicing for the coming season, and the dream and allure of playing at a higher level is certainly in her heart.

“I was gearing up pretty well for the season, but since then, some things have happened, and I haven’t been able to practice as much as I would have liked,” Pickert said. “I wanted to play pro, and I still want to — I would love to have the opportunity to do that.

“It’s still part of my dream, but if not, I want to go to grad school for occupational therapy.”

When Pickert bids adieu after the Hawks’ final game this year — whether that be in the Big Ten tournament or in the NCAAs, she will leave a lot of good things behind.

The respect that her teammates have for “Mel,’ as she is affectingly nicknamed, is profound.

“She’s probably one of the hardest workers on the team and one of the hardest workers anywhere, on any team, in any sport,” Nasenbenny said. “You can just see it — she grinds for everything in practice, and when it comes down to it, is just a really good person.”