Wisconsin senior defender Aaron Hohlbein has been named a third-team All-American, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America recently announced. Hohlbein already earned a spot on the NSCAA All-Great Lakes first team.
This is the first postseason All-American honor for Hohlbein, who was named a third-team preseason All-American by College Soccer News prior to this season.
It feels really good to be named to the All-American team, Hohlbein said. Its quite an honor and Im very grateful to my coaches and teammates for helping get chosen for that.
A native of Middleton, Wis., and second-year captain, Hohlbein started all 19 games for the second consecutive season. He played at least 90 minutes in Wisconsins last 15 games.
Hohlbein led the Badgers to within one game of the Big Ten regular season title and played a major role in holding opponents to 15 goals all season, the third fewest goals against in UW history.
This is an exclamation point on his career, head coach Jeff Rohrman said of the All-American honor for Hohlbein. He has certainly had a huge impact on our program.
It was great to have a guy like Aaron because he was an extension of the coaching staff on the field. It gave us a great deal of confidence and a sense of security to have Aaron back there because he makes other players better. He is a consummate student-athlete and he has earned every accolade that he has been given.
Hohlbein leaves Wisconsin as one of the most decorated players in school history. He was a four-time All-Big Ten selection, including first-team laurels in 2005 and 2006.
Prior to being named first-team All-Great Lakes Region this season, Hohlbein earned second-team all-region honors last year. Following his freshman campaign, he was named a College Soccer News second-team Freshman All-American as well as a member of the Big Ten all-freshman team.
Hohlbein will look to begin the next stage of his soccer career at the Major League Soccer Combine Jan. 4-8 at Lockhart Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. He is one of 58 college seniors from 44 Division I schools who have been selected to participate in the combine, which will be attended by the coaching staffs and general managers from all 13 MLS teams.
The goal for Hohlbein will be to impress the scouts prior to the 2007 MLS SuperDraft, which will be held in Indianapolis on Friday, Jan. 12, four days after the conclusion of the combine.
Four Badgers have been selected in the MLS SuperDraft since the inaugural draft in 1996. The most recent UW player to be selected was Nick Van Sicklen, who was drafted by D.C. United with the 19th pick in 2005.
Im very grateful to get an invitation to go the MLS Combine and Im really looking forward to it, Hohlbein said. Im in the middle of training right now so hopefully I can go down there and do well and get picked up by a team.
Rohrman believes Hohlbein will be successful at the combine and beyond as he continues his soccer career.
I think Aaron will do quite well at the combine, Rohrman predicted. There doesnt appear to be large surplus of defenders coming out of college, so that bodes well for him. I expect that hell get picked at some point in the draft and that he will do great things.