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Firebirds News · Hannah Planck Commits to Anderson University


Senior Hannah Planck (’18), daughter of Tom and Andrea Planck, has verbally committed to play Soccer and continue her education at Anderson University next school year.

1. What led you to your decision to attend your chosen college?
Coach Mhyre (AU head coach) approached me after watching me play at a college showcase. Realizing that I was capable of playing at a collegiate level I started to look into colleges around the area that I would have a chance to play for. After a long process of searching for colleges that not only fit my major and personality but my faith life, AU was the perfect fit. AU is a faith-based college that has hands-on engineering program with professors that are able to help student individually.

2. What other schools did you consider?
I considered not playing soccer at all and going to Miami University or the University of Cincinnati.

3. Do you know what you want to study?
Mechanical engineering

4. When did this school come into the picture?
Spring season of freshman year

5. Have you visited the school? If so, when? How did it go?
I visited AU last fall for an overnight visit, I spent the night with two girls and went to engineering classes the following day. It was cool exploring the campus and all it had to offer. My favorite part of the day was the engineering building, there was many intricate instruments that I would eventually learn how to work and operate on a daily basis. I loved that all the AU employees and students are very welcoming and make you feel like you’re at home.

6. Did anyone help you through the recruiting process? What kind of help did they provide?
My club coach Dan Brady was a huge help during the recruiting process, not only on the field but off. Coach Brady pushed me to limits I didn’t think I could achieve, he taught me that every time I step on that field I should be giving 110% effort. He also helped me contact coaches and communicate with them.

7. What are your strengths?
One of my strengths is leadership. Freshman and junior year I was a captain on the high school team. As for my soccer strengths, I have a vision and understanding of the game most players do not have, so it allows me to play center mid which most coaches would say is the heart of the team.

8. What do you think you need to improve before starting college?
Before starting college, I need to improve my fitness and health, fueling my body with right foods so that I can perform to the best of my ability.

9.Please list any special awards, accomplishments or distinctions you may have earned:
I have played my entire club soccer career for Cincinnati United. Seven of those seasons were played Cincinnati United Premier. My CUP team is currently the 7th ranked team in the state and the 29th team in the region. Summer of 2017 we went to US youth soccer Midwest Regional Championships earning a bid to the National Tournament.

Congrats Hannah! #Westpride #WEareLakota