These 2013 college signees posed after their U18 Menace Academy team won a tournament in Rockford, Ill., last fall. (Left To right) Taylor Hoffman, Kelsey Hofmann, Megan Burditt, Haley Jensen.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Thursday, March 7, 2013 – The 2013 college-soccer recruiting class includes five girls who are graduating from the Des Moines Menace Academy this spring.
Congratulations to Megan Burditt, Taylor Hoffman, Kelsey Hofmann, Haley Jensen and Zendy Montalvo, who will take their games to the next level this fall.
“I am pleased to announce the first girls college class since the Menace Academy expansion (to Grimes in 2010),” said Kevin Schalk, the Menace’s youth development director.“I have had the pleasure of coaching these girls for four-plus years and to see them reach their goals to play at the next level is why I coach.
“I also appreciate the devotion of their parents and their belief in the Menace. The Academy will miss this group’s leadership and the standards they displayed in the classroom and the commitment to be good teammates while developing their individual skills.”
Hoffman and Montalvo will stay in Des Moines, playing for NAIA members Grand View University and AIB College of Business, respectively. Jensen will attend Luther College (NCAA Division-III; Decorah, Iowa). Burditt joins University of Minnesota-Duluth (NCAA Division-II); Hofmann will begin college at United States Merchant Marine Academy (NCAA Division-III; Kings Point, N.Y.), with plans to join the United States Naval Academy (NCAA Division-I; Annapolis, Md.) when a goalkeeper spot opens on Navy’s roster.
University of Minnesota-Duluth
High school: Adel-DeSoto-Minburn
Anticipated major: Exercise science
Parents: Rob and Brenda Burditt
Grand View University
High school: Panorama High School
Anticipated major: Pre-physical therapy
Parents: Shawn Briggs and Michael Hoffman
United States Merchant Marine Academy
High School: Adel-DeSoto-Minburn
Anticipated major: Pre-med
Parents: Mike and Lisa Hofmann
Hometown: West Des Moines
High School: Waukee
Anticipated major: Pre-med
Parents: Craig and Tammy Jensen
AIB College of Business
Hometown: Des Moines
High School: Lincoln
Anticipated major: Physical Therapy
Parents: Pedro and Nancy Montalvo
Bryanna Mongan, a sophomore at Adel-DeSoto-Minburn and the daughter of Tim and Larinda Mongan, has verbally committed to Upper Iowa University (NCAA Division-II; Fayette) for the 2015 class.
“This is a good sign that we are developing the girls in our academy the right way,” Schalk said. “I would expect that we will have more and more commitments. We have an abundance of talented players and I would expect our graduating players going to play at the collegiate level to double in the years to come.”
Schalk also serves as the head coach to the Menace women’s team, which has joined the Women’s Premier Soccer League after a successful debut season. He sees the potential in members of the Menace Academy program to make an impact with the WPSL squad.
“By the Menace Academy continuing to produce high-level players, we’re giving these players the opportunity to continue developing while playing for the Menace. I look forward to working with many of these players in the future.”
In April, we will announce the Menace Academy’s 2013 college-recruiting class on the boys side.
ABOUT THE MENACE ACADEMY: The Des Moines Menace Youth Soccer Academy provides a fun and challenging soccer environment that allows players to grow as people and reach the best of their soccer abilities. The academy includes boys and girls teams ranging in age from U9 to U18. Players are from all over the Des Moines metro area, coming from diverse backgrounds. Academy members develop by learning skills and strategies at age-appropriate levels. Youth are exposed to the very best coaching and training on a consistent basis as they grow and mature.
The non-profit Menace Academy is part of the Des Moines Menace – Iowa’s premier men’s and women’s teams. The Menace promotes healthy lifestyles through popular youth programs that also include Junior Menace, camps, clinics and tournaments.
Abby Johnson, Director of Menace Academy
Phone: (515) 457-6034