Cleary names new women's soccer coach

Posted: July 31, 2013

HOWELL – Cleary University has named Thomas Hackenberry as the new head coach for women’s soccer. Hackenberry replaces Andrew Callahan, who resigned for personal reasons.

“I am very excited about coaching at Cleary,” said Hackenberry. “I relish the chance to help establish Cleary as a competitor in intercollegiate soccer while supporting the players in their quest for a degree.”

Hackenberry has coached 22 different soccer teams during his career, from 4 year-olds to high school athletes. For the past 15 years he has coached in the Holly-Fenton area.

He served as the Regional Coach Administrator for the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) Holly/Davisburg for seven years and was the Area Coach Administrator for AYSO Area 8-G (Mid_mIchigan) providing oversight and support for 10 Mid-Michigan Regions.

Hackenberry played soccer at Amherst Central High School in New York and played as a freshman at SUNY College in Buffalo before entering the Coast Guard.

“I view competitive sports for college women and men as part of their education and development. I am honored to be a part of their lives,” he said.

Hackenberry is retired from General Motors Corp, He received his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of South Florida. He also is a former city councilman from Fenton.

Cleary University ( 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.