Charlie Hennen

Charlie Hennen from Eastleigh, England, won the NAIA National Championship with Keiser University, as a junior in 2021, before graduating in 2022. This is the story of that National Championship.

Keiser University, West Palm Beach, Florida.

The Keiser University Flagship Campus is 100 beautiful acres perched in the heart of West Palm Beach, a city of vision, enterprise, and success. Sunny palm-lined streets and breathtaking waterfront views, are the perfect backdrop for exciting year-round outdoor festivals, performing arts theaters, museums, and several world-class shopping and entertainment districts. On the city’s western edge, you can hike, bike, and get a view of the Florida Everglades up close at Grassy Waters Everglades Preserve.

Charlie Hennen from Eastleigh, England joined SSUSA in April, 2019 with a view to moving across to the States in August 2019. Placing a student athlete in April of the same year they wish to enrol is considered very late in the recruiting calendar, though not impossible. Charlie harboured ambitions of playing in Florida, so after a lengthy search, we managed to secure Charlie a move to NAIA powerhouse, Keiser University, where in his junior year, he went on to win the NAIA National Championship. We relive that season below.

In the realm of collegiate soccer, Charlie Hennen's 2021 season with Keiser University stands as a testament to dedication, skill, and the pursuit of excellence. As a pivotal member of the team, Hennen played a crucial role in leading Keiser to a historic NAIA National Championship victory.


The season kicked off with an impressive display of determination and talent, as Keiser dominated opponents both at home and on the road. With an overall record of 16 wins, 3 losses, and 1 draw, the team showcased their calibre as a formidable force in collegiate soccer. Hennen's personal contributions to the team's success were significant, as he started in all 19 matches, demonstrating consistency and reliability on the field.


Hennen's statistics for the season reflect his versatility and impact as a player. With 1 goal and 4 assists, he played a crucial role in Keiser's offensive strategies, while also showcasing defensive prowess and tactical acumen. His season highs include a memorable volley into the top corner during the national semi-final match against the top-ranked Central Methodist University, a moment that encapsulated Hennen's ability to rise to the occasion in critical moments.


Beyond statistics, Hennen's leadership and dedication were evident in his work ethic and commitment to the team's success. Whether it was contributing to scoring opportunities, providing key assists, or anchoring the defence, Hennen consistently delivered impactful performances throughout the season.


The climax of Hennen's season came in the NAIA National Championship match, where Keiser faced off against the formidable opponent, the University of Mobile, from Alabama. With Hennen's leadership and stellar play on full display, Keiser emerged victorious, clinching the National Championship title in a historic triumph that etched their names in collegiate soccer lore.


Hennen's journey throughout the 2021 season exemplifies the essence of collegiate athletics – perseverance, teamwork, and the pursuit of greatness. As a key contributor to Keiser University's National Championship victory, Hennen's legacy will forever be remembered as a testament to the power of passion, dedication, and the pursuit of excellence in collegiate soccer.

Client Testimonial

Charlie had this to say about his experience with SSUSA: 

"Without Lyle and the guys at SSUSA I would not be where I am today, and have the opportunity to continue my dream of achieving something big in a professional football environment. The opportunity that they have given me is incredible. To earn a degree in my chosen subject and to compete in the USA in an amazing location! They have helped me out with everything from getting in contact with multiple coaches to all the paperwork, and when I had a question Lyle would very quickly respond to my query. Everything is done professionally and I would 100% recommend using these guys to help you achieve your dream."

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