“Soccer has given me so many opportunities, put so many incredible people in my life, taught me so much about myself, and taken me to so many places in the world that I may never have gone,” says former pro soccer player, Annie Hawkins. From Utah, to Washington, to Sweden, and then back again to Utah, Annie Hawkins has been around the world playing soccer for various teams. But she wasn’t just born into the professional world of soccer. 

Before her time playing around the world, she played soccer for Judge Memorial Cathlic High School. She finished with 46 goals, 34 assists and 126 points for the team. After high school she went on to play D1 soccer at Gonzaga University. She was a 4-year starter and set over five records in things like goals scored and career points in her time there. After her killer time in college, she went on to play for the top league in Sweden, the Damallsvenskan. Along with that, she also played for the USASA and was in the USWNT pool. If that's not impressive enough, when she returned to Utah, she played for RSL women and Real Salt Lake MLS women’s official team. There, she was one of the captains for 7 years. She has grown so much not only in terms of soccer but also in terms of her mindset: “I used to think I had to have it all. Now I believe that I don't have to have it all, but I can always give what I have,'' Annie tweeted in early June. You don't always have to be the best to be good at what you do; you just have to give it your all. This is a very important moral that she voices it perfectly, and she carries this mindset into her coaching. 

Annie is “one of the most relatable coaches,” says freshman Bea Martin. Along with Bea, many people think this. She is sympathetic, understanding, and someone who will always offer to help. Annie pushes you to be better and to grow as a soccer player. Lizzie Carlin, a senior on the team, says “She always takes the time to work individually with players to work on whatever area they are struggling with… [Annie] always is cheering me on and pushing me to do my best”. Annie is always the first to cheer anyone on and is always ready with advice on how to improve. Her passion for soccer shows in her coaching and that makes it all the better. She’s been coaching for Rowland Hall for only two years now but has still made such an impact. She is beloved and rightfully so. “She is fun, reliable, helpful and always joking around,” says Finley Bodeen. And it's true, she has a great and warm personality.

Although I have only experienced her coaching for a few months, she has made me so much better overall in soccer. The drills she and the other coaches put together always put forth the needs of the team and what the team as a whole needs to work on. She is always open to answering my questions and always hypes me up for practices or games to come. A teammate of mine has also had good experiences with Annie, one of which being before an important game: “I was feeling super nervous about the soccer game, and with Annie being a great person and super understanding she helped me through the stress. Annie said all the right things and gave me suggestions on how to calm myself, and pumped me up for the match.” 

All in all, Annie has had a big impact on the Rowland Hall soccer team and such an interesting soccer career before that. “I think one of the biggest lessons I learned was that performance matters, but it’s your heart that gives you your measure,” said Annie when asked about what she took away from her soccer experience. She has learned many things from her time in the professional soccer world and has taken those lessons into coaching as well. She is a great soccer player, coach, and overall person, and I know that everyone is excited to have her on the coaching staff next year as well. 

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“Soccer has given me so many opportunities, put so many incredible people in my life, taught me so much about myself, and taken me to so many places in the world that I may never have gone,” says former pro soccer player, Annie Hawkins. From Utah, to Washington, to Sweden, and then back again to Utah, Annie Hawkins has been around the world playing soccer for various teams. But she wasn’t just born into the professional world of soccer. 

Before her time playing around the world, she played soccer for Judge Memorial Cathlic High School. She finished with 46 goals, 34 assists and 126 points for the team. After high school she went on to play D1 soccer at Gonzaga University. She was a 4-year starter and set over five records in things like goals scored and career points in her time there. After her killer time in college, she went on to play for the top league in Sweden, the Damallsvenskan. Along with that, she also played for the USASA and was in the USWNT pool. If that's not impressive enough, when she returned to Utah, she played for RSL women and Real Salt Lake MLS women’s official team. There, she was one of the captains for 7 years. She has grown so much not only in terms of soccer but also in terms of her mindset: “I used to think I had to have it all. Now I believe that I don't have to have it all, but I can always give what I have,'' Annie tweeted in early June. You don't always have to be the best to be good at what you do; you just have to give it your all. This is a very important moral that she voices it perfectly, and she carries this mindset into her coaching. 

Annie is “one of the most relatable coaches,” says freshman Bea Martin. Along with Bea, many people think this. She is sympathetic, understanding, and someone who will always offer to help. Annie pushes you to be better and to grow as a soccer player. Lizzie Carlin, a senior on the team, says “She always takes the time to work individually with players to work on whatever area they are struggling with… [Annie] always is cheering me on and pushing me to do my best”. Annie is always the first to cheer anyone on and is always ready with advice on how to improve. Her passion for soccer shows in her coaching and that makes it all the better. She’s been coaching for Rowland Hall for only two years now but has still made such an impact. She is beloved and rightfully so. “She is fun, reliable, helpful and always joking around,” says Finley Bodeen. And it's true, she has a great and warm personality.

Although I have only experienced her coaching for a few months, she has made me so much better overall in soccer. The drills she and the other coaches put together always put forth the needs of the team and what the team as a whole needs to work on. She is always open to answering my questions and always hypes me up for practices or games to come. A teammate of mine has also had good experiences with Annie, one of which being before an important game: “I was feeling super nervous about the soccer game, and with Annie being a great person and super understanding she helped me through the stress. Annie said all the right things and gave me suggestions on how to calm myself, and pumped me up for the match.” 

All in all, Annie has had a big impact on the Rowland Hall soccer team and such an interesting soccer career before that. “I think one of the biggest lessons I learned was that performance matters, but it’s your heart that gives you your measure,” said Annie when asked about what she took away from her soccer experience. She has learned many things from her time in the professional soccer world and has taken those lessons into coaching as well. She is a great soccer player, coach, and overall person, and I know that everyone is excited to have her on the coaching staff next year as well. 

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