November College Recruiting Newsletter 2022

Welcome to the Kings Hammer Murfreesboro November 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!

KHSC College Recruiting Seminar

On November 6th, Kings Hammer Midwest held an in person College Recruiting Seminar that included a few guest speakers. You can find links to the recorded presentation as well as several helpful documents on the PlayMetrics site.  Simply log in to your account, click on Club Resources, then Education Division, and then on COLLEGE RECRUITING PRESENTATION-PLAYERS AND PARENTS.  In addition, the video can also be found on the Kings Hammer YouTube channel here.

College Signings

Congratulations to all our Kings Hammer seniors who signed National Letters of Intent to play collegiate soccer during the winter signing period. We’re proud of all your hard work and excited for each of your next steps.

  • Victoria Zappasodi – Cleveland State University
  • Katie Hoog – IUPUI
  • Zara Graff – Wright State University
  • Mia Fiore – Xavier University
  • Rose Vigran – George Washington
  • Jordan Church – Arkansas State University
  • CJ Debra – Youngstown State University
  • Ellie Greenwell – Ohio University
  • Olivia Parmer – Marian University
  • Sophie Decker – Marian University
  • Ella Smith – Miami University
  • Shannon Ott – IUPUI
  • Chloe Morrison – Milligan University

The Commitment

If you’ve been following along with the College Recruiting Newsletter, you’ve been equipped with plenty of information that should be beneficial to you as you are going through your college search process. From start to finish in the process, these are the topics that have been covered thus far:

  • Creating a list of schools
  • Creating a highlight video
  • Contacting college coaches
  • Identifying ID Camps to attend
  • Taking college visits
  • Narrowing your list
  • Understanding Financial Aid Opportunities

Once you have done all of these things, you may be close to (drumroll please) …. making a commitment!

If and when you get to this point, congratulations! Committing to a school as a student athlete is a once in a lifetime achievement, so enjoy every second of it. That said, if you have gone through all the steps and are still unsure of which school seems “right,” don’t force it or sweat it. Chances are, if a place doesn’t feel like home, it isn’t meant to be home. And lastly, if you are still early in your process (or a freshman or sophomore in HS), you will certainly need to be patient.

However, for those of you who are ready to make a commitment, there is a proper way to go about it. Notifying the school you’ve selected, as well as notifying those who aren’t so lucky to coach you for the next four years, is very important. Below we will outline how to go about this.

Notifying your new school

Congratulations! You’ve selected your new school and home for the next four years and you’d like to let the coach and university know. This will be an exciting time for you, and chances are the coach will be overjoyed to hear the good news as well! It is important to note, that you should notify the school you are choosing BEFORE notifying the schools you are not choosing. It is better if the coach hears the news from you directly, and this will give you a chance to confirm everything on the school ’s end as well to make sure you are making the right decision. When calling the coach, be excited (you will be)! Let them know that you are committed to them, their program, and the university and ready to do what you can to be the best person and player you can be. After giving a verbal commitment, the coach will give you more information on ensuring that you are able to get everything sorted prior to stepping on campus. Now, onto those schools who aren’t so lucky…

Notifying the other schools

Just as it’s important to notify the school you are committing to; it is also important to let other programs and coaches know the not so good news. After all, they have spent time getting to know you, recruiting you, and doing their best to build a relationship with you. Open and honest communication is vital to maintaining a positive brand and image, and just as coaches should be open with players who they aren’t interested in, players should be courteous to let those know who they aren’t interested in personally. Giving coaches a call and thanking them for everything they’ve done but letting them know that you are going to be attending another school will go a long way, and while the news may disappoint the coach, they will respect you for being honest.

Committing to a school will be a special moment for each and every one of you who decide to pursue playing soccer collegiately. After years of hard work, dedication, and time, it is important to be proud of yourself in this moment, but also recognize that your hard work is just beginning! Enjoy this special day when it comes but be ready to continue to grow into becoming the best player you can be and leave a legacy at the program you are going to.

Personal Development | Managing Stress

There’s no avoiding the stress of everyday life. Schoolwork, responsibilities at home, busy schedules, other people’s expectations, disappointments, deadlines, social drama: all of these can create tension. Everyday stressors have a way of piling up if we don’t keep them in check. Adding these 5 simple actions to your regular routine can help you avoid that “bogged down by stress” feeling. The key word is “routine.” You need to make sure you keep doing these to enjoy the benefits:

  1. Balance responsibilities (like schoolwork) with activities you enjoy (like relaxing or spending time with friends). It’s all about balance: all work and no play is bad. But if your schedule is so crammed with activities that there’s no time for homework, that’ll stress you out too.
  2. Manage responsibilities. Use a calendar or planning app to keep track of assignments, chores, practices, and other obligations. Of course, planning is no good if you don’t actually do what you plan: Managing stress also means regular studying, keeping on top of assignments, and overcoming procrastination. Take time to reflect a bit every day and think about how things are going. What do you need to work on? Do? Make time for?
  3. Eat healthy foods. What you eat affects your mood, energy, and stress level. Eating healthy doesn’t mean avoiding all treats — it goes back to that balance thing again. It’s OK to treat yourself to ice cream occasionally if you ate a salad or turkey on whole wheat for lunch. But if ice cream and sweets are your main source of fuel, you’re likely to crash or feel cranky — and stressed!
  4. Get proper sleep. This may seem like a no-brainer. After all, who doesn’t love to sleep? But getting the right amount ofsleep1 is actually something we need to focus on because it’s easy to let homework, talking to friends, or binge watching get in the way of sleep — no matter how much we want to catch those ZZZs.
  5. Make time to exercise every day. It’s hard to feel anxious when you’re taking deep breaths on a run, feeling the rush of a downhill bike ride, or playing a pickup game with friends. Exercise doesn’t just take our mind off of stress; it releases chemicals in our brains that make us feel better. Learning to manage stress means building coping skills that allow you to take everyday challenges in stride. It’s about keeping problems in perspective instead of ignoring them and learning what to work on and what to let go of.

Additional Stress Management Resources

Monthly Help Links from SportsRecruits

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
  • Laney Smith – University of Cincinnati
  • Millie Cluxton – College of Charleston
  • Mia Jackson – Purdue University Fort Wayne
  • Chloe Morrison – Milligan 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

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  • 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.