Monique DeGrandis to attend Madonna University on soccer scholarship

By Joel Charron

The hard part is over, now Monique DeGrandis can concentrate her attention on what she loves to do…play soccer.

On Thursday morning, in front of an auditorium of peers, the 17-year-old Villanova student signed a letter of intent to Madonna University.

DeGrandis will be attending Madonna University on a $100,000 full-ride soccer scholarship.

“I’m so, so, excited,” said the 17-year-old outside midfielder. “I can’t wait to start my education at Madonna University and hopefully start as an outside midfielder for them.”

With her Villanova teammates and new head coach Jeff Hodgson by her side, Monique DeGrandis signs a letter of intent to Madonna University.

DeGrandis said she originally accepted a soccer scholarship to Madonna University on Feb. 1 and mentioned that it’s a weight off her shoulders knowing what school she will be attending next year.

“I don’t have to worry about applying to Canadian schools or other American schools. I’m already committed,” she said.

DeGrandis won’t have to wait long before she joins her new team, she will begin playing with them on April 15 and 16. She will also be able to create some chemistry with her new teammates in a summer league in July.

DeGrandis will join General Amherst’s Ashley Parent on Madonna University’s soccer team, as Parent accepted a soccer scholarship to the University last month. DeGrandis said with two Canadian girls being signed to soccer scholarships, this could open more doors for future female soccer players.

“Now other Canadian girls can aspire to go over to the states and not be scared to play soccer over there,” she said. “Girls usually like to stay in Canada but it’s a great opportunity to play over there and the soccer is really good.”

The decision to sign with Madonna University was an easy one for DeGrandis, Madonna’s head coach Jeff Hodgson, a Windsor native, has been scouting DeGrandis since she was 12.

“I knew the coach already,” she said. ‘I didn’t have to go into University thinking,  ‘is the coach tough,’ ‘is he nice.’ I already have a four/five year past with him and he knows what I can do. In a way that’s an advantage for me.”

“Monique is a fantastic athlete,” said Hodgson. “You can plug her into any position and she’ll make it work. She has tenacity, athleticism, a good attitude and she’s a good, smart soccer player.”

In the next four years, DeGrandis said she would like to help lead Madonna University to a conference championship as well as a national championship. She plans to either coach soccer in the US or pursue a professional soccer career in Europe.

Madonna University is a Catholic and Franciscan institution, located in Livonia, Michigan. It instills in its students Christian humanistic values, intellectual inquiry, a respect for diversity, and a commitment to serving others through a liberal arts education integrated with career preparation, based on the truths and principles recognized within a Catholic tradition.

DeGrandis was also recruited by Oakland University, Columbia College in Carolina, and St. Bonaventure in New York and Hiram College in Ohio.

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