Congratulations to first-year Coach Chris Shepard on being voted Michigan Community College Athletic Association Eastern Conference Basketball Coach of the Year! Coach Shepard guided the Hawks to a 14-2 conference championship with a 14-2 record. The MCCAA Eastern Conference championship was the athletic program's first since the 2008-09 season. Great(er) things ahead!
Hawks in Flight
Shepard Earns Coach of the Year
Wilson commits to Saginaw Valley
Congratulations to point guard CJ Wilson for his recent commitment Saginaw Valley State University. Wilson, a 5'11 freshman from Pontiac (St.Mary's Prep), has led the Hawks to a national ranking this year while also making the Hawks Academic Team during the Fall semester. Saginaw Valley is getting a great student-athlete and we wish great success!
Lacinski Sign with Heidelberg University
Sophomore Cheyenne Lacinski will continue her academic and athletic pursuits at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio next fall. The outside hitter from Woodhaven signed a Letter of Intent in early January. Cheyenne joined the Hawks as a freshman and helped to re-establish the volleyball program at Henry Ford after a three-year absence. We wish Cheyenne all the best!
Lindsey Simons Signs with HFC Softball
Head Coach Steve Brown has signed his first recruit for the 2019 softball team, nabbing Lindsey Simons. Lindsey will take the pitcher's mound after graduating from Flat Rock High School in June. We welcome our newest Hawk!
Pinkowski Racks Up Post-Season Honors
Katelyn Pinkowski, a 5'10" freshman from Allen Park, Michigan, was recently recognized by the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) with All-Region, All-MCCAA post-season honors for her explosive play during the volleyball season. Pinkowski also was voted First-Team All-Conference and was selected to the All-Freshman Team. Congratulations Katelyn!
Hawks Make A Difference in the Community
TEAM HFC has been busy this semester . . . not just preparing for competition, but giving back to the Greater-Dearborn Community! Recently, the HFC baseball team took time to Make A Difference at the Dearborn Animal Shelter. Team members helped with shelter beautification, cat calming and dog walking. Good job Hawks!!
Lacinski is Aces!
Cheyenne Lacinski has established herself as a national force by ranking 48th in the nation in service aces. Lacinski as served a total of 19 aces in games played through September 24th and is averaging .054 aces per set. The sophomore outside hitter is certainly Aces in our eyes . . . keep up the great work Cheyenne!
Goodbred is NJCAA Division II Pitcher of the Week
The National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association (NJCAA) has selected Gregory Goodbred as the Division II Pitcher of the Week for Week 12 (April 10-17). Goodbred racked up the following stats against St.Clair County Community College during the Hawks' victory at Papp Park on April 14:
- Innings Pitched: 7
- ERA: 0
- Earned Runs: 0
- Runs: 0
- Strikeouts: 3
- Hits: 0
- Walks: 5
- W - L: 1-0
- Appearances: 1
Third Time a Charm for Koehler
Austin Koehler made his third trip to the National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) National Championships count by earning All-America honors in the 125-pound weight class. Koehler, a native of Belleville, Michigan and graduate of Belleville High School set his goal on All-America status last year when he came up short on making the championship bout. Reflecting on the NCWA National Championships, Koehler said "It was one battle to remember. I'd like to thank all my friends, family, and teammates for supporting me and pushing me forward. If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't be where I'm at right now, especially without my coach's help."
Coach Leighton Brings Home ABCA/TURFACE Scholarship
The American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) selected Tim Leighton, Henry Ford College head baseball coach, as the recipient of the ABCA/TURFACE Athletics Maintenance Scholarship Award in the College Division.
TURFACE Athletics will award HFC's baseball program with three tons of TURFACE MVP, an infield conditioner used on baseball diamonds that manages moisture, improves drainage and resists compaction. HFC will also receive $250 for field maintenance equipment for the next two years, making the total scholarship valued at more than $5,000.
Additionally, TURFACE recognized the HFC baseball program at the 2017 Honors Luncheon, held on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at noon in the Grand Ballroom of the Anaheim Marriott, located in Anaheim, California.
"I'm very excited. This will benefit the HFC baseball program for the next several years, " said Leighton.
Walker Makes Mark on Volleyball Court
When Zaria Walker, aka Ziggy, stepped up to the volleyball net this season, teams took notice. Based on her defensive play, Ziggy was voted Second Team All-Conference by the coaches of the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Eastern Conference. Ziggy also was selected to the All-Freshman Team. A stand-out high school player at Detroit Martin Luther King, Walker quickly dominated the net at the start of the season, and never looked back. Congratulations Ziggy!
Greenlee Earns Conference Honors
Sophomore Conner Greenlee recently received Eastern Conference honors with a 7th place overall finish over four rounds. Conner, a 6'2" native of Farmington Hills, shot 75 to complete the fall golf season. After taking a winter break, Conner and the remaining HFC golfers will pick up their clubs in the spring to compete in the state, regional and national tournaments. Congratulations Conner!
HFC Shines Spotlight on Clements
Macey Clements, co-captain of the volleyball team, was recently interviewed for the Hawk Spotlight. In addition to sharing her insights about the team's strengths and challenges, Macey was able to provide sound advice to high school players eyeing a collegiate playing career. The 5'7" sophomore from Swartz Creek advised high school students to "put everything you have on the floor. You get one chance; don't let them forget your name." We expect to remember Macey's name for many years to come!
Roberts Receives Rawlings Gold Glove Award
Kyle Roberts, who earned his associate degree from HFC in 2016 and was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 5th round of the MLB draft this past year, came back to campus in September to receive the Rawlings Gold Glove Award for his athletic accomplishments during the 2016 season. The Rawlings Gold Glove Award is presented to the "finest in the field" as voted on by the American Baseball Coaches Association. HFC Athletic Director Rochelle Taylor proudly presents Kyle with his award.
Coach Motamedi Ready to Lead
Henry Ford's newest head coach is ready to lead the revitalized women's volleyball team! Coach Rosemary Motamedi joined the Hawks Family in late spring and has been busy ever since. After recruiting her first class, she quickly compiled a competition schedule, planned a summer middle school and high school camp, and got up to speed on NJCAA and MCCAA rules and regulations. While 'Coach Mo' is no stranger to the conference (she has completed coaching stints at Macomb CC and Oakland CC over the past two years), she's ready to lead the Lady Hawks this season and for many seasons to come. Welcome Coach Mo!
Roberts Drafted in 5th Round to Texas Rangers!
The Texas Rangers drafted HFC baseball player Kyle Roberts in the 5th round of the 2016 Major League Baseball (MLB) draft.
A 2014 alumnus of Allen Park High School, Roberts graduated with his associate degree in Business Administration in May. He was a member of the Hawks Academic Team for the winter 2016 semester, earning at least a 3.0 grade-point average during the semester. He credits HFC for allowing him to get more reps off the mound, gain more experience when facing better, fiercer opponents and actually maturing as an overall person. Roberts, a left-handed pitcher, dominated hitters all season and was awarded All-League, All-Region and All-America honors.
Congratulations to Kyle Roberts . . . you have made us proud as a Hawk and we know you will make us proud as a Ranger!
Henderson Earns All-America Honors
Jeff Henderson made his second trip to the National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) National Championship count by earning All-America honors in the 235 weight class. Henderson, a native of New Boston, Michigan and graduate of Huron High School, set his goal on All-America status last year when he came up short on making the championship bouts. This year, it took two victories within 30 minutes to make it to the championship round. Henderson was narrowly beaten by an opponent from Florida A&M University to finish 4th overall in the competition. Congratulations to Jeff Henderson for a job well done!
Softball Ready to Soar
The Lady Hawks took time to pose after a busy Fall semester accumulating a team GPA of 3.1 and fundraising for a spring training trip to Myrtle Beach, SC. While the team was happy to show off their custom-designed hoodies and headbands, they are looking forward to trading them for their Hawks uniforms in early March. "The team has worked really hard this year getting ready for the season" says head coach Julie Jones. "We're all looking forward to playing in front of our fans at Ford Woods this year!"
Kieronski In Full Swing
The HFC Golf Team recently completed the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Eastern Conference season with a very strong fourth place showing. The total team score of 1287 is 53 strokes lower than the 1340 team score and third place finish last year—a result of the strong recruitment of players and the strength of play in the conference. Jake Kieronski, our only sophomore on the team, finished second overall and received MCCAA All-Conference Honors. Conner Greenlee finished tied for 11th place and received All-Freshmen Team honors. The team will be back on the links in the spring when they compete in state and regional tournaments in hopes of earning the right to play in the NJCAA National Golf Championship.
Catching Up with Danielle Saunders
The hardest part of highlighting Danielle Saunders is catching up with her. The two-year staring catcher for the Lady Hawks is generally hitting the books or motivating teammates as the only sophomore on the 2015 squad. But we did catch up with her long enough to learn that she will be taking her talents to Cleary University this fall. Saunders, a Westland, Michigan native, has signed a Letter of Intent to compete with the Cougars! No surprise, as Saunders earned All-Conference honors both seasons at HFC.
Baseball Players Unite for Regional Run
Members of the 2015 HFC baseball team are making a strong run to compete in the NJCAA Region XII baseball tournament for the first time since the program was reinstated in 2010 — and they will be looking good when they get there! In an effort of true solidarity, team and coaching staff members have decided not to shave until the regional run ends (which hopefully will be in the Regional Championship game on May 16). Mustaches are looking good Hawks!
Kevin Turner + Math = Success
Kevin Turner knows baseball. And Kevin Turner knows math. This combination has made the sophomore infielder a valuable member of the Hawks athletic program. During the fall 2014 semester, Kevin was a “go-to” player on the field and a “go-to” student for athletes looking for help with the most simple or complex math problems. Now, the Farmington Hills native has earned the title of Official Math Tutor for Henry Ford College Student-Athletes. It’s a title he’s delighted to hold because he interacts well with all of the sport teams.
Meet Captain Holmes!
Freshman Sydney Holmes is a true leader on the basketball court! The Ypsilanti, Michigan native joined the Lady Hawks basketball squad in August and quickly proved to be a strong player, motivator and leader. Because of these qualities, the coaching staff selected her as a team captain, and she has not let the team down. She has volunteered to represent the players at the President’s Luncheon, is a constant contributor in the weekly CHAMPS sessions, and helps to push and motivate her teammates everyday.
Aaron Leads the Hawks On and Off the Court
At 5'6", Daton Aaron wears the biggest shoes on the men’s basketball team…the shoes of Team Captain. The returning sophomore from Gibraltar, Michigan leads the team by handling the ball as point guard and by handling his classes as a 2-time HFC Academic Team member. This Liberal Arts major is a quiet voice who speaks loudly through his actions on and off the court, making him the biggest player on the team. Congratulations, Daton!
Austin Proves to be the Freshman to Watch
Keyanna Austin helped to lead the Lady Hawks to an impressive 2-0 start during the first week of the basketball season. Austin, a native of Toledo, Ohio and graduate of Rogers High School, posted 27 points to help lead the team to a 91-70 victory over Kellogg Community College on November 8. Earlier in the week, Keyanna posted 12 points towards a 66-43 victory over Lorain County Community College. Kayanna’s keen knowledge of the game, slick ball-handling skills, and fire-hot shots has made her the “freshman to watch” in the region this year. Keep it up, Keyanna!
Jake Kieronski Earns Golf All-Conference Honors
Congratulations to Jake Kieronski for earning All-Conference honors during the 2014 Eastern Conference golf season! Jake formerly played baseball at Saginaw Valley before transferring to HFC to hit the links. The Wyandotte native will be shooting to lead the Hawks during the spring season. Way to go, Jake!
Coach Uelmen Joins Hawks Staff as Head Golf Coach
Coach Uelmen joins the Hawks staff as Head Coach of the golf team. As a former All-American golfer at Oakland Community College, Coach Uelmen knows what it takes to compete well in the MCCAA and NJCAA. His biggest goal is to return back to the national championships and share the experience with HFC golfers.