March College Recruiting Newsletter 2023

Welcome to the Kings Hammer Murfreesboro March College Recruiting Newsletter! The club is excited to work with you to accomplish all of your player’s goals for this upcoming calendar 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 are excited to assist in this exciting process for your family!

Creating a Highlight Video

College coaches are always looking for players to improve their rosters and recruiting classes, and one of the easiest and quickest ways to catch a coach’s attention anywhere and anytime is by putting together and sending a highlight video of yourself. Furthermore, COVID-19 has completely changed college recruiting for the foreseeable future. More than ever before, creating a highlight video that helps you stand out as a player can be a tremendous asset for players. Below are five strategies to consider when creating your highlight video to help you stand out from the crowd!

  • Start your video strong- Some coaches receive dozens of highlight videos each day, so it is important that you highlight your best qualities and clips right away. Make a positive impression by leading your video with your top plays.
  • Keep it short- It is better to include too little and leave the coach wanting more film as opposed to including too much and the coach losing interest. Involve your best moments and try to keep your video to 3-5 minutes tops. If a coach responds asking for more film, your video was a hit!
  • Include all phases of the game- As a forward, it is important to showcase your goalscoring ability. But are you dominant in the air? A good pressing player? Can you fly past players with your speed? Do your best to show yourself in different areas on the field, and doing different things.
  • Highlight yourself- Make things easy on the coach by highlighting yourself in each clip. By keeping the focus on you, you keep the attention of the coach. You can highlight yourself by using an arrow, circle, spotlight, or many other tools.
  • Include contact info- At the beginning and end of your video, include contact information to help assist the college coach in reaching out to you, or any references you may have.

Ultimately, your willingness to get your video to as many coaches as possible and your work ethic in following-up, asking questions, and communicating will assist in building relationships with college coaches (we will discuss this in a later newsletter). However, nothing gets the relationship off to a better start than having an eye-catching highlight video. The above tips should assist you in creating a video reel that gets you on the radar of your dream school and one step closer to playing collegiate soccer!

Remember that ALL Kings Hammer High School age group players have a FREE account on the Sports Recruits platform.  This is a great tool for you to utilize in the college search and recruiting process.  This includes a video editing resource located in the athlete profile.  You can find more information on using video in your recruiting as well as guides on creating and using video by clicking the links below:

Personal Development- What is My Why?

Hopefully you have been following along on previous Personal Development suggestions (if not you can find past Newsletters on our website.) If so, you should have a list of goals that you are aspiring to accomplish this year as well as a list of core values that are important to you and will help guide you in your everyday life. This section of our newsletter will help us to try to tie both of those ideas together with one sentence that you can view as your own personal mission statement that motivates, inspires, and guides you during whatever life may throw at you.

Before we dive into developing your mission statement, ask yourself this question: “What is my Why?” Your own personal why refers to your sense of purpose, a culmination of your values and goals that allows you to focus your efforts on what matters most, compelling you to take risks and push forward regardless of the odds or challenges. If you are sitting here reading this thinking “I have no idea what my life’s purpose is,” you are not alone. In all reality, many people much older than you probably have the same answer! While you may not know your life’s purpose or your why right now, here are four questions that you can ask yourself from Forbes magazine that can help you get a little bit closer.

  1. What makes you come alive? Think about what you are passionate about.
  2. What are your innate strengths? Think about the things you’ve always been good at.
  3. Where do you add the most value? Think about the problems you really enjoy solving.
  4. How will you measure your life? Think about the things you want the most.

Take some time to answer the above questions. After doing so, try to come up with one brief, powerful statement that will inspire and guide you on your path through life. This can be referred to as your own personal mission statement. An example of a personal mission statement can be found below:

“I want to be somebody that is on a relentless pursuit of growth, learning, and achievement while keeping my relationships with friends and family at the center of my life.”

Your mission statement should be personal to YOU! Without any specific structure in mind, do your best to create a 1-2 sentence mission statement that you can refer to each and every day.

Click here to view the Simon Sinek – Start with Why Video

Monthly Help Links from SportsRecruits

Sports Recruits also hosts webinars each month on a variety of topics.  Here is what is coming in April:

Click on the webinar title to go to the registration page and sign up to attend. You can also catch replays of past webinars by clicking on the link below.

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
  • Aliana Weibel – Kent State University
  • Peyton Jones – Thomas More University
  • Asia Espiritu – West Liberty University
  • Faith George – Thomas More University
  • Sydney Bortz – University of Richmond
  • Brynn Collins – Taylor University
  • Ellie Walker – University of Tennessee Southern
  • Trey Pitzer – Heidelburg University
  • Barrett Moore – Otterbein University
  • Mallory Como – University of Toledo
  • Brooke Wilson – University of Richmond
  • Brynn Collins – Taylor University
  • Brennin Sanders – Mount St. Joseph University
  • Molly Robinson – Transylvania University
  • Ashtyn Ivy – Austin Peay State University
  • Lexi Kollar – Otterbein University
  • Reece Heisel – Transylvania University
  • Ayden Theobald – Thomas More University
  • Killian Riley – Mount St. Joseph University

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.