HOWELL – Bri Sleek, a former All-American soccer player, has been named the head coach of Cleary University’s women’s soccer team. She replaces Tom Hackenberry, who resigned.
“My task as athletic director was to find not only a solid soccer mind, but someone who could build a respected program and immediately begin to mold the players into the type of student-athletes we expect on our campus,” said Karl Kling, Cleary University athletic director. “Brianna Sleek brought to the table everything we sought: experience as a player, experience as a coach, and the passion to build a quality program.”
“It’s and incredible opportunity to help build a program from the ground up,” said Sleek. “It’s great to be starting something fresh, exciting and new. I enjoy working with young women and being able to affect them in a positive way on and off the field.”
Since 2012 Sleek has coached the freshman girls soccer team at Salem High School. She also has coached for several Michigan soccer clubs, including the Plymouth Reign and Livonia City Soccer Club.
Sleek played for Eastern Michigan University’s Midwest Athletic Conference Champion team in 1999. She transferred to Madonna University in 2000 where she played on the 2000 NAIA Championship team. While at Madonna, Sleek earned All-America honors for academics and athletics.
As a junior and senior in college, Sleek played for Concordia University, where she earned All-America honors both years for academics and athletics.
“I like the challenge,” Sleek said. “I have been in their shoes and I can relate to them.”
“Brianna was an All-America player during her career and knows full-well the commitment that is necessary to be a successful collegiate athlete. It was her success as a coach that placed her in elite company as she has already demonstrated the ability to teach and develop her players,” said Cleary University Athletic Director Karl Kling.
Cleary University reintroduced its collegiate athletic program in 2011 when it formed teams for men’s and women’s golf and cross country. Cleary’s athletic program also includes: men’s and women’s soccer, baseball, softball and lacrosse. Baseball and softball are scheduled to begin in 2015. Cleary is a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA).
Cleary University (cleary.edu) is an independent, not-for-profit, multi-campus, specialized business university, committed to the betterment of society through the success of its alumni and their employers; to operate as a role model of responsible business practice; to embrace quality management principles, innovation, and an attentive customer focus; and to aspire to a better future.
Cleary’s mission is to provide a practical, application-based education, which equips students to advance their careers.