Saturday, August 9, 2014
Ever since he was a young boy, Dominique Hooks has had one goal - to play professional soccer.
After completing two seasons at USC-Salkehatchie, the 2012 Berkeley graduate has signed to play his final two years of collegiate soccer for Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, NC.
Hooks, the first soccer player in BHS history to continue his career on the collegiate level, is excited about the opportunity.
“I chose Lees-McRae because of the reputation with its academic and athletic departments. The facilities and campus are really nice and I like the small campus feel,” he said. “I also chose Lees-McRae because Coach Lee Squires came from the Lees-McRae program. He has a vision for success that will make each one of us on the team better players and students.”
Squires said Lee-McRae soccer is a perfect fit for Hooks’ style of play.
“Dom is comfortable on the ball and does the simple things well,” said Squires. “He will add experience to our roster coming in as a junior and is versatile enough to play at the back or in midfield, adding depth to our squad.”
Hooks sees the move to Lees-McRae as the next step toward his ultimate goal, to play soccer professionally one day.
“After I graduate with my Criminal Justice degree, I plan to try out for some USL teams and attend the MLS combine in 2016 because I want to play soccer professionally,” he said.
But for the next two years, Hooks is happy to have found a new soccer home with the Lees-McRae Bobcats.
Academically, Hooks served as senator for the West Campus Student Government Association and was twice the recipient of the Life Academic Scholarhip, while also being awarded the Scurry Foundation academic scholarship as a sophomore. Hooks worked as a tutor and mentor for elementary school children.
At Berkeley, Hooks was a four-year starter, leading the Stags in scoring and assists his junior and senior seasons.