Athlete Profile: Keith Haselhoff
After transferring to Carnegie Mellon from Duquesne University two years ago, senior Keith Haselhoff has had a strong showing on the soccer field while playing center midfielder for the Tartans. Haselhoff has consistently delivered with assists and a few goals of his own, and this season he is following that same trend. Just this past weekend during the Radisson Invitational, Haselhoff was instrumental in delivering assists to his teammates to secure the squad’s 2–0 record for the tournament.
Growing up in White Oak, Pa., Haselhoff was encouraged to try a variety of sports, from baseball and basketball to swimming and hockey, on top of playing the prevailing soccer. Instigated and inspired by his brother and their competitive athletic nature, Haselhoff honed his soccer skills playing one on one in the backyard of his home.
Haselhoff has maintained his family-oriented background, satisfied with his decision to stay close to home while attending college. Haselhoff is able to reap the benefits of going home for Sunday dinners and being around to watch his younger sister grow up and develop her own soccer career, all of which helps to provide Haselhoff with a comfortable balance between the stresses of a busy school and soccer schedule.
Haselhoff decided to make the switch to Carnegie Mellon to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering, while also minoring in biomedical engineering. While at first he had planned on being a professor of mathematics, Haselhoff craved a more concrete field of study and followed in his father’s footsteps to become an engineer. There may have been courses that proved to be incredibly challenging, but Haselhoff is pleased with his decision and excels in academics in a similar way to his performance in soccer.
True to Pittsburgh native fashion, Haselhoff is a big Steelers football fan. In fact, the song Renegade by Styx, a regular crowd favorite during the games at Heinz Field, makes an appearance on the Tartans warm-up mix before games and is Haselhoff’s favorite from the playlist. While there may not be many other pregame rituals or superstitions that Haselhoff follows, his goals for the rest of the season are strong and steadfast. As Haselhoff puts it, “My personal goal for the rest of the season is to do whatever I have to do to help our team win. Some team goals we are all working hard towards are a UAA Championship and a long run in the NCAA playoffs. Anything less would be a major letdown.” The coaching staff, families, and fans hope that the Tartans can do just that.