May 4, 2009
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IOWA CITY – Recruiting in the Big Ten is never easy. It is especially difficult to grab a player from a conference rival’s backyard, but that is what the Iowa coaching staff did with the recruitment of Emily Jaffe of Ann Arbor (MI).
Standing at 5-foot-7, Jaffe projects to a midfielder when she joins the Hawkeyes this fall. Through her first three years at Pioneer (HS), Jaffe was named all-conference and all-district each year, but improved on all levels during her junior season. For her efforts, she was an all-state selection as well as team MVP and team captain as a junior.
Iowa head coach Ron Rainey believes Jaffe has the tools to jump right into the mix as a freshman this fall.
“Emily is a smart player on the field who is extremely confident with the ball,” Rainey said. “She is skilled and has some flare. She is calm under pressure and will be able to contribute right away as a freshman.”
Like other members of Iowa’s 2009 recruiting class, Jaffe has vast club experience as a member of the Michigan Olympic Development Program (ODP) since 2003. In addition, she was a member of the Region II regional pool team from 2005-2006 and Region II Regional team from 2007-2008. Jaffe has also played club soccer for the Michigan Hawks for six years, winning the state championship in 2004 and again from 2007-2009.
Off the soccer field, Jaffe works with the Top Soccer program, which is aimed to help handicapped children play soccer. She also works with the Trailblazers, an after school program designed to help elementary school students with their classwork. Jaffe is also a National Honor Society member and is an open major.