January College Recruiting Newsletter 2023

Welcome to the Kings Hammer January College Recruiting Newsletter! The club is excited to work with you to accomplish all of your player’s goals for this upcoming soccer year, on and off of the soccer field. Each month, we will be providing this resource to not only help you navigate the craziness that is the college recruiting process, but also provide personal development materials and resources to assist in growing individually while living a more purpose and value driven lifestyle. We hope you find value in this newsletter and we are excited to assist in this exciting process for your family!

College Soccer – Starting the Search

Do you think you may want to play college soccer? If you are reading this, there is a high likelihood that the answer is yes! Chances are there may be more opportunities to play at the next level than you may think. With proper planning, preparation, and research, each athlete can find a school and level of soccer that fits what they are looking for in all aspects of their collegiate life. Believe it or not, there are over 1200 men’s soccer programs and 1400 women’s soccer programs that allow athletes to continue their soccer playing careers in college. Below are the number of teams in each division:

Men’s Soccer

  • NCAA Division 1- 205 Programs
  • NCAA Division 2- 206 Programs
  • NCAA Division 3- 415 Programs
  • NAIA- 188 Programs
  • Junior College- 217 Programs

Women’s Soccer

  • NCAA Division 1- 348 Programs
  • NCAA Division 2-255 Programs
  • NCAA Division 3- 438 Programs
  • NAIA- 188 Programs
  • Junior College- 181 Programs

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is most likely the governing body for collegiate athletics that is the most familiar for potential student athletes. There are three divisions that make up the NCAA, and these were created in 1973 to align like-minded campuses in the areas of philosophy, competition and opportunity. To learn more about the NCAA and its divisions click here.

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) is another governing body of athletics programs that are dedicated to character-driven intercollegiate athletics. Since 1937, the NAIA has administered programs and championships in proper balance with the overall college educational experience. Each year more than 65,000 student-athletes have the opportunity to play college sports at NAIA member institutions. To learn more about the NAIA click here.

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has played a vital role in collegiate athletics for the past eight decades and continues to be at the forefront of championing academic and athletic opportunities for student-athletes. At NJCAA institutions, athletes will compete for 2 years before moving onto a 4 year institution to complete the remainder of their education and athletic eligibility if they choose to do so. To learn more about the NJCAA click here.

Each of these governing bodies for collegiate athletics offers potential student athletes a different experience. Competition, balance in lifestyle, location, and cost of attendance as well as financial aid opportunities are all differentiating factors among each division as well as each institution.

Having a better understanding of all options will only increase the chance that you will select the perfect fit for your college soccer experience!

Personal Development – Goal Setting

January has always been a popular time to look at making changes or improvements in our lives.  It seems like most people use the start of the new year to make resolutions, start new habits, or establish new standards.  So, what better time than now to be intentional about what you want to accomplish?

Whether related to soccer, school, relationships, or anything else, having goals that can help keep you on track and hold you accountable could make this your best year yet. Below are 8 tips on how to set goals that are unique to you and that will push you to heights that you didn’t think were possible this year!

  1. Start with WHAT-Ask yourself “what do I want to improve this year?” Whether it be in athletics, academics, or something else entirely, having an answer to this question will allow you to start the process of setting goals.
  2. Not too much-Don’t overwhelm yourself with too many goals! Setting 3-5 goals that are related to your specific improvement will allow you to maintain focus while challenging yourself to accomplish them.
  3. Make sure your goals are SMART
    • Specific– what exactly do you want to improve upon?
    • Measurable– how are you going to quantify success?
    • Attainable– can your goal actually be achieved?
    • Realistic– Can YOU specifically achieve your goal? Is it realistic to your development?
    • Time-bound– what is your timeframe for reaching your goals?
  4. Write down your goals and objectives. Having your goals in writing can help you to stay focused and reminded of what you want to accomplish and why you started in the first place.
  5. Create a plan to reach your goals. If you know where you want to finish, where are you going to start? Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day.
  6. Keep track of your progress and don’t be afraid to make changes. There are things that may come up that are out of your control, but always take responsibility of your specific situation and adjust your goals along the way if needed.
  7. Make it public-Let others know what you are working on. Knowing there are others around you (teammates, friends, family, etc.) that have goals of their own will help you to stay focused and push each other along the way.
  8. Always keep perspective. You may not reach all of your goals, but this does not mean you have failed in pursuit of being a better version of yourself. The most important thing to remember is enjoying the process of becoming better and striving to accomplish the goals!

Goal Setting Resources

SportsRecruits Monthly Help Links


College Commitments

  • CJ DeBra – Youngstown State University
  • Riley Arnold – Ohio Dominican
  • Ellie Greenwell – Ohio University
  • Zara Graff – Wright State University
  • Abby Unkraut – University of Georgia
  • Mia Fiore – Xavier University
  • Victoria Zappasodi – Cleveland State
  • Ella Smith – Miami University
  • Jordan Church – Arkansas State University
  • Amanda Schlueter – Ohio State University
  • Sophie Decker – Marian University
  • Ruby Dunlevy – Eastern Kentucky University
  • Margo Roberts – Ohio Dominican University
  • Olivia Parmer – Marian University
  • Emma Morrison – Kentucky Christian University
  • Shannon Ott – Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Rose Vigran – George Washington University
  • Jill Planeaux – Ohio Dominican University
  • Katie Hoog – Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Millie Cluxton – College of Charleston
  • Mia Jackson – Purdue University Fort Wayne
  • Chloe Morrison – Milligan University
  • Kalyn Rich – Baldwin Wallace University
  • Ella James – Baldwin Wallace University
  • Donna Bundy – Northern Kentucky University
  • Timothy Griffin – Northern Kentucky University
  • Aiden Byrd – Transylvania University
  • Avery May – University of Dayton
  • Caitlin Burger – Wright State University
  • Sophia Kuerze – Wright State University
  • Lainey Smith – University of Dayton

Remember to post your commitment to your Sports Recruits account and send commitment photos to info@kingshammer.com so that you can be recognized for your achievements.

Our goal is to continue to develop all of our players and their respective teams with an improved player development model and pathway during the new Fall 2022 – Spring 23 season after the tryouts.

Your player’s coach both as a volunteer and paid licensed and certified coach is part of our team and will continue to be part of our soccer club and community. The new partnership is aware that our responsibility as a youth club is to provide more support and resources to each coach so that our players and parents experience is even better.

We plan to have most of our current coaching team to continue to lead their assigned teams for the upcoming season unless there is a conflict with their schedule and/or another opportunity they prefer to pursue in the club which we may consider and appoint a new coach as a result.

Uniforms are set to change for the Fall 2022 – Spring 2023 season and we plan to keep the new and upcoming kits for 2-year period as that is the cycle suggested by the manufacturers.

Our new uniform/player kit brand will be Nike.

Pricing will be very comparable to our current brand of uniforms/player kits as we plan to add more value to the assortment of products that our players currently receive.

No. We will be using Soccer Village as our vendor for our families to order their new season uniforms/player kits.

Soccer Village will provide sample sizes during tryouts for the new uniforms/player kits so that you can order the correct sizing for your player.

Click here to view the Soccer Village website.

Fees will be an all-inclusive model that will cover all expenses (except uniform and personal travel).

No separate club fees and team dues.

Families will have an improved payment plan option of 8 installments with an initial deposit.

Financial Aid and Scholarships will still be available to our families. More information will be added to the website once tryouts have concluded.

Teams will continue to train at the same locations. A big part of this partnership is to work with the city and other independent locations to improve and invest in facilities to create a better training and playing environment.

Kings Hammer is one of the most recognizable privately held clubs in the Midwest.

Founded in 1993 in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area.

2 US Youth National titles, 2 runners-up, 4 US Youth Region 2 Champs, 42 OH State Cups, 25 KY State Cups.

In 2020, they added a U23 team in the Ohio Valley Premier League, winning the league’s inaugural season in the Fall of 2020.

In 2021, they joined USL League Two, the pre-professional division of the USL in the US and adding a USL-W team for the 2022 season.

Kings Hammer is backed by Corporex, a privately held investment company with broad holdings throughout the United States. CPX creates investment opportunities for their capital partners through traditional real estate assets as well as an ever-broadening array of other opportunistic investments including Commonwealth Hotels, Kings Hammer Soccer LLC, Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club and Five Seasons Family Sports Clubs. Their ability to create exceptional value through these investments is rooted in their 56-year history as a BUILDER. Why Kings Hammer?

A Complete Pathway to support an all-inclusive player development

Grassroots-Premier-Academy-Professional Development

  • Pathway will start with grassroots and premier program for the 2022/23 season
  • All-inclusive pay structure with flexible and affordable payment plans that covers all costs. 

No additional team fees (uniform/player kits & personal travel are not included)

  • Additional showcases and ID platforms through KH events & network
  • Unique travel and network opportunities through KH and its partners
  • Increased scholarship support through club and local foundation
  • Affordable uniform costs with better assortment through Nike and SV partnership
  • Play Metrics operations & comm. Platform connects the entire club
  • Techne training app – Supporting self-improvement at home
  • Sports Recruits (College recruitment platform and support)
  • College recruitment seminar
  • Player/Parent Education through KH Education Division
  • Kings Hammer Speaker Series – Platform created to present relevant youth soccer information. National and International guest speakers
  • Use of camera & technology for further development opportunities
  • Kings Hammer Goalkeeper Union for specialized training

Our goal is to make Kings Hammer Murfreesboro SC one of the most successful regional youth soccer clubs that focuses on player development with the proper core values. We plan to recruit and retain all coaches that will enable us to achieve our player development pathway for our players in the long run.

Kings Hammer Murfreesboro will continue to offer all levels of appropriate aged training for all level players. Click here to see our new and improved player development pathway.

Kings Hammer Murfreesboro will continue to offer programs all year round.

Full details of all programming will be released in May 2022.

Yes, the logo and the name will change to represent the new King Hammer Murfreesboro.

We will be combining local, regional, and possibly national sponsorships to generate the resources and scale up the opportunities for our Murfreesboro area players and teams. The benefit of our partnerships has impacted our families far beyond just sponsorships.


Technically, No. The Board of Director of MSC have agreed unanimously to sign a 6-year Partnership Agreement to outsource the management of the club to Kings Hammer to elevate the services we are currently and increase the opportunities to have a bigger economic impact to our community with this partnership.

Kings Hammer provides professional player development, great customer service, and offers an inclusive approach to youth soccer.  Kings Hammer Murfreesboro SC will elevate the scale of a community club with access to the highest-level opportunities for players to reach their fullest potential. Throughout the tiered system of development, players and coaches will be able to develop in the appropriate tiered programming, network and expertise provided by Kings Hammer Soccer Club.

Our Recreational Program, which will be branded as our Grassroots Program will continue to play their games at Richard Siegel Soccer Complex under the umbrella of Kings Hammer Murfreesboro SC with more support and resources for both players, parents and volunteer coaches of the program.

Our Academy and Select Program, which will be branded as our Premier Program will continue to train and play their games at Richard Siegel Soccer Complex as well as other locations they currently travel as part of their JDL and TSL games schedule versus other TSSA member organizations and youth soccer clubs.

Our future Premier Program teams will also continue to travel and attend tournaments within the state of TN and possibly other states based on their specific development need and skill level as a team.

No. However Kings Hammer Murfreesboro SC will have an improved structured player development model and a pathway that can support each individual player to play at different levels and assist players achieve their specific goals.

No. Kings Hammer have strong program representation in both States and their players play in their respective locations. The newly formed King Hammer Murfreesboro SC player will continue to play their JDL and TSL games in our area against other TSSA member organizations as scheduled by our state.

Premier Program teams may eventually travel to tournaments in Kentucky and Ohio as a result our partnership with Kings Hammer and vice versa.

As the club grows, we may potentially combine top players from each location to create regional development teams to compete at higher caliber events, showcases to create additional opportunities our players. 

That is our overarching goal and plan. However, it will take some time until we can have teams that can compete in higher level platforms. As Kings Hammer Murfreesboro, we’ve already started working towards a strategic development plan to prepare our club to be part of these leagues and compete at the highest level possible in a short amount of time.