Cleary University signs Clio’s Stauffer to women’s soccer team
HOWELL – Valerie Stauffer, a senior from Clio High School, has signed a letter of intent to play women’s soccer for Cleary University.
“Valerie is a physically strong player that currently plays club soccer with boys,” said Bri Sleek, women’s soccer coach for Cleary University. “She is aggressive and fearless. I feel that her physical play will push my current roster of girls to be ever hungrier for the ball. I love Valerie's mental capacity as well. She is a very smart player.”
Stauffer, a midfielder, is a three-year varsity starter at Clio, but decided to forgo her senior year on the girl’s high school team to play on an 18u boys travel team this season. Stauffer was a scholar-athlete for three years and is a member of the National Honor Society. She also was very active in student congress and the yearbook staff.
Stauffer plays travel soccer for FC Bolton in Linden.
“The thing that made it easy for me to choose Cleary was how welcomed I felt when I was there,” said Stauffer. “When I came to visit the school, I felt comfortable right away and I loved that. So the fact that I could play the sport I love and go to such a great school, made it easy.”
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. Cleary’s mission is to provide a practical, application-based education, which equips students to advance their careers.