Wednesday Mar 14 2012
Haug signs letter of intent to Air Force Academy
By: Jim Linsdau Placer Herald Sports Editor
Rocklin athlete to play soccer
Rocklin High’s Joseph “Joey” Haug was surrounded by family and friends as he signed a National Letter of Intent to enter the Air Force Academy and play soccer. Haug carries a 4.3 grade-point-average and has been playing soccer for 14 years. He finished up his successful playing career with the Thunder this fall. Haug said the AFA offered him a number of advantages. “I knew if I went to the Air Force Academy it would set me up for a great future,” Haug said. “And I’d get a great opportunity I wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else.” Haug said he loves math and physics and hopes to graduate from the Academy as an aeronautical engineer. He said he has no interest in becoming a pilot but looks forward to playing soccer with the AFA Falcons. Col. Paul Malenke, who recruited Haug, said the Academy gets about 45,000 applicants a year. He said that is whittled down to around 10,000 who are sent “hard” applications. From that list, Malenke said about more than 1,000 are selected. “We look for the whole person concept,” said Malenke as to the type of student the Air Force looks for. “First and foremost academic excellence, and then athletic excellence; overall we’re looking for young men and women of character.” All attending the ceremony would agree the Air Force has found what they look for in Haug. Haug’s parents, Elaine and Peter Haug were in attendance.