Story by Phil Marshall
After an 8-9 record in 2018, the Hawks Men Soccer team is looking to do even better in 2019 with 2nd year head coach CJ Trammell. "I considered it to be a strong season," Trammell said. "I think we were underdogs in a lot of games but we got our feet wet in the conference and now realize the level of play needed to be successful going forward."
Trammell played for Hagerstown Community College in 2010 where he started 15 of 18 games and helped the Hawks earn a NJCAA #17 ranking while starting the season 6-0-0. He then transferred to Waynesburg University and played for two seasons.
Like a lot of the players on the current roster, Trammell thought before coming to HCC that he was prepared to play at a four year school. "A lot of my players got overlooked by four-year schools, like myself, but coming back to play at HCC helped me grow as a person and player and I want to teach my players what I experienced when I was in their shoes."
Trammell enters season two as head coach with two returning players that are poised to improve from last season. "We are fortunate that we had two passionate sophomores return to the team," he said. "They love he game and are excited to be a part of this program.."
The biggest challenge for the Hawks is their lack of experience at the college level. "It is important that the sophomores mesh together with the freshman and help them grow," Trammell said. "My main focus for them is to realize their potential and ultimately be their best self on and off the field."
The team enters the season with many goals but they only come from the players. "I don't like to set goals for the team; I want the team to set their own goals, and we will hold them to that level throughout the season." Trammell said.
After being eliminated in the 1st round last season, the Hawks hope to achieve a playoff win in 2019. They start with two scrimmages against four year schools.
"I like to schedule to schedule scrimmages against four-year schools before the regular season because it is a great experience and will prepare them to be their best when their regular season begins," Trammell said.
The Hawks kick off their season on Saturday August 24 against Northern Virginia Community College at 3pm.